West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service will be raising awareness of cooking fire safety this month, as more fires and fire injuries are caused in the kitchen than anywhere else in the home.
Reducing the number of fires started as a result of cooking remains a key priority for WSFRS and firefighters will be out in the community urging residents to take extra care when using cooking equipment and kitchen appliances, from the do’s and don’ts of using the hob to top tips when cooking with oil or deep fat frying.
Firefighters will be running dedicated events at:
• Homebase, Chichester: Sunday 19 February 2017
• Sainsbury’s, Haywards Heath: Tuesday 28 February 2017
Last year, kitchen fires accounted for 63% of all home fires in West Sussex, and the majority of these started on the cooker or oven. Fires starting in microwaves, toasters and grills were the next most common cause.
Nicki Peddle, WSFRS Intervention & Prevention Manager, said: “Fires start when your attention stops so if you have something on the hob don't leave it unattended, even for a minute. The majority of kitchen fires our crews are called to are avoidable and we offer all sorts of advice to help keep our residents safe. Accidents will always happen so it’s vital that every home has working smoke alarms and an agreed escape route planned.”
For more information on cooking safety visit: https://www.westsussex.gov.uk/fire-emergencies-and-crime/west-sussex-fire-rescue-service/home-safety-advice/kitchen-safety/