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Kitchen fire safety

Kitchen fires account for nearly two thirds of accidental fires at home, but many can be easily avoided. You should:

  • always remember to ‘watch what you heat’
  • make sure you don’t get distracted when you’re cooking
  • take pans off the heat or turn the heat down if you need to leave the kitchen
  • make sure handles don’t stick out, so pans don’t get knocked off the hob
  • take care if you’re wearing loose clothing, which can easily catch fire, and keep tea towels and cloths a safe distance away from the cooker
  • never leave young children alone in the kitchen
  • double check the cooker is off when you’ve finished
  • not cook if you’ve been drinking alcohol or have taken medication that makes you drowsy

If there's a fire, don't try to tackle it yourself. Get out, stay out and call 999 or 112.