This month, the Buckinghamshire Fire & Rescue Service has noticed the unfortunate trend of kitchen fires in in the UK. To help prevent more of these fires from taking place across the country, the brigade has offered up some helpful safety tips.
Hobs tend to be the most common cause of kitchen fires. From leaving a hot pan unattended to having loose clothes catch fire, there are many different kinds of accidents that can occur in the kitchen leading to a blaze.
Prevent Hob Fires By:
Ensuring that food is dry before you place it in a pan of hot oil to prevent splashing
Keeping the fryer less than one-third full of oil
Ensuring that your hob is always attended; if you need to leave the room, take the pan off the heat
Never try to cook while under the influence of drugs or alcohol
Keeping the surface of your grill clean
Avoid storing items on the hob’s surface while it is not in use
Be extra cautious when wearing loose clothing while cooking
Keep any flammable items away from the hob
Always ensure that you turn off the hob when you are finished cooking
If a Pan On Your Hob Catches Fire:
Do not try to move the pan
Throwing water over the fire will spread the fire and can lead to serious injuries
Call 999; do not try to put the fire out yourself.
Turn of the heat at the mains isolator
Leave your home and stay outside.
For more helpful information, you can view the brigade’s Fire Safety poster.