With the summer holidays in full swing, many children across Cheshire, Halton and Warrington will be spending more time in the kitchen.
But whether they’re lending a hand or simply seeking a snack, it’s important to make sure that they know the hazards of a hot hob.
Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service is asking parents and carers to make any kitchen activities a chance for kids to learn this summer.
Nick Evans, Head of Prevention said: “Over half of all accidental fires start in the kitchen and its vital that children know what they should do if the worst should happen. From bake-offs to barbecues, there are lots of creative ways to teach kids about cooking fire safety this summer.
Distraction while cooking is a main cause of fire call-outs right across the country, so whatever happens elsewhere in the house, always make sure you have one eye on the hob or oven.> Top tips for staying safe in the kitchen this summer:
• Take care if you need to leave the kitchen whilst cooking. Take pans off the heat or turn them down to avoid risk.
• If a pan catches fire, don’t take any risks – Get Out, Stay Out, and Call 999.
• Double check the hob is off when you’ve finished cooking.
• Keep tea towels and cloths away from the cooker and hob.
• Take care if you’re wearing loose clothing – this can easily catch fire.
• Avoid leaving children in the kitchen alone when cooking. Keep matches and saucepan handles out of their reach to keep them safe.
• Take care with electrics - ensure leads and appliances are away from water and keep grills away from curtains and kitchen rolls.
• Keep your equipment clean and in good working order. A build up of fat and grease can ignite a fire.
• Don’t cook after drinking alcohol.
• Hot oil can catch fire easily - be careful that it doesn’t overheat.
• Never throw water on a chip pan fire.
• In the event of a fire, have an escape plan in place.
• Don’t take risks by tackling a fire. Get out, stay out and call 999.
• Get a smoke alarm and test it weekly.