Half of all accidental home fires are started in the kitchen due to distractions while cooking, according to Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service.
Although families are encouraged to make meals and cook together, the fire service are urging people to keep safe by following these tips:
Avoid leaving children in the kitchen alone when cooking
Keep matches and saucepan handles out of their reach
Don’t cook after drinking alcohol
Hot oil can catch fire easily so be careful that it doesn’t overheat
Take pans off the heat or turn them down to if you need to leave the kitchen
Double check the hob is off when you’ve finished cooking
Keep cloths and tea towels away from the cooker
Take extra care if you’re wearing loose clothing
If a pan catches fire: "Get Out, Stay Out, and Call 999"
With electric appliances:
Keep electric leads and appliances away from water
Place grills and toasters away from curtains and kitchen rolls.
Keep your equipment clean and in good working order: build-up of fat and grease can ignite a fire
In the event of a fire:
Have an escape plan in place
Never throw water on a chip pan fire
Don’t take risks by tackling a fire: get out, stay out and call 999.
Make sure you have at least one smoke alarm on every level of your home
Test your smoke alarms monthly