Thursday, 15 August 2013

Firefighters Cook Up Kitchen Safety Advice For New Mums

New mothers have received kitchen fire safety advice from firefighters as part of a drive to make people's kitchens safer in the city.

Firefighters from Cambridge's White Watch have been cooking up 10 tips for a safer kitchen and delivering them to residents in and around Cambridge as part of a month-long safety campaign.
On Wednesday (August 14) the crew visited a group of new mums at Chesterton Children's Centre to promote the fire safety messages.

Jo Shippey, firefighter at Cambridge White Watch, said: "More than half of all accidental fires in Cambridgeshire start in the kitchen, so it is important residents take steps to keep their cooking space as safe as possible.

"Having a new baby or children in the house can sometimes mean the kitchen is a hectic place - especially during the summer holidays. So we've visited groups like the one in Chesterton to remind parents about fire safety in their kitchens and encourage them to teach their children how to stay safe as well."

To stay safe in your kitchen, why not follow these top 10 tips:

  1. Keep electrical leads, tea towels, cloths, loose clothing and anything else that may catch fire away from the oven and hob.
  2. Keep the oven, hob, grill and toaster clean. A build-up of fat, grease and crumbs can easily catch fire. Always position toasters away from flammable materials.
  3. Never put anything metallic inside your microwave.
  4. Turn off electrical appliances when not in use and have them serviced regularly.
  5. Keep electrical leads and appliances away from water.
  6. Use a spark device to light gas cookers rather than matches or lighters.
  7. Book a Gas Safe registered engineer to check cookers and gas appliances yearly.
  8. Never leave children alone in the kitchen and keep matches, lighters and pan handles where children cannot reach them.
  9. Take pans off the heat and turn off the hob and/or grill if you have to leave the kitchen while cooking. Make sure the oven, hob and grill are turned off when you have finished cooking.
  10. Avoid cooking if you are tired, have been drinking alcohol or are taking medication that can make you drowsy.