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Residents urged to cook safely

26 February 2013

In a bid to reduce cooking related fires, Humberside Fire and Rescue Service is urging residents to think about safety in the kitchen. Cooking fires are the most common cause of house fires in the Humberside area and throughout January 2013 crews attended 34 house fires,over half of which were cooking related.

Daryl Oprey, Head of Safety for Humberside Fire and Rescue Service said: “The fact that such a high proportion of house fires in our area are cooking related,shows how important it is to remind people how they can help to keep themselves and their loved ones safer from fire.”

Humberside Fire and Rescue Service asks those residents who own a chip pan to replace it with a deep fat fryer.

Daryl added: “Chip pans can be very dangerous indeed as the hot oil can catch fire in seconds and have devastaing effects. Deep fat fryers are safer and healthier.

There are other causes of cooking related fires. Itonly takes moments for a hot pan or grill tray to catch fire but by being more vigilant in the kitchen, the risk of a fire breaking out can be dramatically reduced.”

Advice for staying safe while cooking:

  • If you are called away from the cooker – by the phone or by someone at the door – take pans off the heat
  • Do not cook if you are affected by alcohol or prescription drugs
  • Do not put oven gloves or tea towels down on the cooker after you have used them
  • Always clean the grill pan after using it
  • Keep electrical leads away from the cooker and from water
  • Clothing and tea towels should be kept away from the cooker
  • If a pan catches fire, do not take risks – get everyone out of your home and call the fire service
  • The safest way to deep fry is to use a thermostat-controlled electric deep fat fryer. Its thermostat stops it from ever overheating

For safety advice call 0300 303 8242