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York Kitchen Safety Campaign

16th October 2014

North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service is today launching a kitchen safety campaign in York to reduce the number of kitchen fires that the Service attends. The campaign will run until March 2015 and includes radio and print adverts, attendance at a number of events, and visits to community groups to raise awareness of the dangers in the kitchen.

Since 2011[1] North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service have attended over 180 kitchen related fires in York, and nationally there are around 20,000 kitchen related fires each year.

The key focus of this campaign is on the danger of distractions when cooking, whether it’s from the TV, phone, radio or the kids.

Station Manager Colin Hunter for York says: “Cooking remains one of the biggest causes of accidental fires in the home. A number of the incidents we’ve attended over the last few years have been caused by people getting distracted and leaving pans and grill unattended or forgetting to turn cooking appliances off when they’ve finished.

We want to remind people that by following a few simple tips they can reduce the likelihood of a cooking fire in their home. We’d also advise fitting smoke alarms on every level of your home, to give you an early indication if a fire should break out. ”

Follow our cooking safety tips below and reduce the chance of your house ending up toast:

  • Don’t leave pans or grill pans unattended. A minute’s distraction can be all it takes for them to catch fire.
  • Take care if you’re wearing loose clothing as they can easily catch fire.
  • Keep tea towels and cloths away from the cooker and hob.
  • Spark devices are safer than matches or lighters to light gas cookers, because they don’t have a naked flame.
  • Make sure the cooker and hob are off when you’ve finished cooking.
  • Keep ovens, hobs, microwaves and grills clean. A build-up of fat and grease can ignite a fire.
  • Never put anything metal in the microwave.
  • Take care when cooking with hot oil as it sets alight easily.
  • If the oil starts to smoke it’s too hot, turn off the heat and leave it to cool

As part of the campaign Community Safety Officers will be attending events throughout the city so if you spot them pop over and say hello and pick up some free fire safety advice whilst you’re there. You can see them at:

 Tesco Askham Bar                             23rd October 2014

Farmers Market                                  24th October 2014

Sainsburys Monks Cross                    30th October 2014

St Nicholas Fayre                               12th December 2014

 Fire starts when your attention stops!


[1] From April 2011-March 2014

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