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Keep Safe in the Kitchen

2nd September 2009

Following a recent incident in the Malton area involving a gas oven, North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service would like to urge people to stay safe in the kitchen by following these tips:

  • Always ignite a gas oven immediately after turning on the gas otherwise a build up of gas will occur which could cause you injury when ignited. Make sure the gas is turned off when you have finished cooking.
  • Don’t use matches or lighters to light gas cookers, spark devices which you can buy from hardware stores are safer.
  • Keep things like tea towels and oven gloves away from the cooker.
  • Do not leave saucepan handles sticking out from the hob.
  • Keep your cooker, toaster and grill clean. Crumbs, grease and fat can easily catch fire.
  • Do not put anything that is made of metal or is metallic inside the microwave.
  • Do not leave your kitchen when you are cooking and always turn the hob and cooker off when you have finished cooking.


Station Manager for Ryedale Mal Austwick said: “This recent incident in Malton where a person suffered burns  after leaving the gas on in the oven for several minutes before igniting it,  highlights how easily accidents in the kitchen can happen.  Nearly 20 people a day are killed or injured in kitchen fires so we would like to urge everyone to be careful when cooking”

“If you want to find out more about kitchen safety or fire safety in general you can book a free home fire risk check, where fire crews will visit your home and give you advice, by contacting your local fire station or visiting our website www.northyorksfire.gov.uk”

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