Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue Service remind you it’s also an area that is very easy to get distracted in, especially if you are cooking. Over 50% of fires start in the kitchen.
Marc House, Community Safety Prevention Manager said: “We would recommend taking extra care, by making sure you don’t get distracted when cooking, this could be by your phone or chatting with family or friends. If you leave the stove, even for a short period of time, turn off the cooking.
“A fire involving someone’s home is an absolutely devastating event, that not only affects individuals and their families, but neighbours and members of the wider community. The impact of fire is often long lasting and cannot be underestimated. It is such a shame because most, if not all fires involving cooking, could be easily prevented.”
There are several things you can do to prevent fires when using a cooker:-
Think before you cook after a night out!
At the end of the night out, it’s tempting after an evening of drinking to cook. We would encourage you to choose takeaway when you get home, kitchen fires are often caused by a person putting food on to cook and then falling asleep.
Have a good night out, choose take away and be drink aware. Take a look at our ‘Choose take away’ video click here.
Should a fire break out your family and friends need to be aware of the danger of toxic smoke, most people vastly underestimate its deadly strength. They overestimate how long they have to escape should a fire break out. The reality is that just two to three breaths of smoke in a fire can render a person unconscious.
Stay alive and stay safe with a smoke alarm
DSFRS remind you that a working smoke alarm will greatly increase your chances of escaping from a fire unharmed. Without one you and your family are more than twice as likely to die in a fire at home.
Check that a smoke alarm is fitted on each level of your property:
Plan an escape route – make sure you and your family know the quickest way out in the event of fire.
If a fire does break out in the home, then Get out, Stay out and Call 999.
To request free Home Safety advice call free on: now 0800 05 02 999. For any other fire safety advice, contact the Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue helpline on: 01392 872288 or visit our website www.dsfire.gov.uk
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