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With many accidental fires in the home caused by cooking, the Service advises that there are several things to do to avoid fires in the kitchen.

Before cooking, the oven, hob and grill should be clean. Never leave a pan unattended, not even for a minute, and don’t cook if you’re tired or have drunk any alcohol. Always make sure the oven, hob, or grill is switched off before tucking in.

More cooking safety tips can be found on the Service’s website: ;

Before you light any candles, consider using LEDs instead. Fires caused by unattended candles can develop very quickly. If you do use candles, keep them on a stable surface and away from curtains, blinds, flowers, or soft furnishings.

More candle safety tips can be found on the Service’s website: ;

Working smoke alarms should be fitted to each level of the home and tested regularly. A working smoke alarm can give you valuable time to escape in the event of a fire.

Take extra care this Valentine’s Day - make it a memorable evening for all the right reasons.