Top tips for staying safe in the kitchen

Fire services give people tips in preventing fires in their homes Credit: PA

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:

With children:

  • Avoid leaving children in the kitchen alone when cooking

  • Keep matches and saucepan handles out of their reach

When cooking:

  • 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