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Look while you cook during week of celebrations

February 13 2018

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service is urging residents to take care in the kitchen this week while they enjoy annual celebrations.

Whether you’re cooking pancakes with the kids, or preparing a feast for Chinese New Year, make sure you Look While You Cook! It can be easy to get distracted when having a family get together but it’s really important that you don’t leave your cooking unattended.

Paul Shaw, of Central Prevent and Protect

The plea comes following the revelation that more than half (60 per cent) of all accidental fires in homes in Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent during 2017/18 (financial year to date) happened in the kitchen (265 of 438 fires).

Tuesday February 13 will see households around the county ‘flipping’ thousands of pancakes and on Wednesday February 14 it’s anticipated many couples will choose to stay in for a romantic home cooked meal for Valentine’s Day.

Finally, Friday February 16 is Chinese New Year which will see families coming together to celebrate with home cooked feasts.

Paul Shaw, of Central Prevent and Protect, said: “This week is unusual as there are so many celebrations very close together – we want people to enjoy themselves but remember to be safe while doing so.

“Whether you’re cooking pancakes with the kids, or preparing a feast for Chinese New Year, make sure you Look While You Cook! It can be easy to get distracted when having a family get together but it’s really important that you don’t leave your cooking unattended.

“If you’re staying in for a romantic meal with the one you love this Wednesday, make sure your attempts at reigniting that spark don’t result in flames! And if you’re enjoying a bottle of wine, don’t start drinking until the dinner is safely cooked.”

Follow the Service’s top 10 tips for cooking safely:

  1. Look when you cook. Take any pans off the heat if you have to leave the room. If your pan does catch fire do not remove or attempt to extinguish it. Get out!
  2. Do not use a chip pan, use a thermostat controlled electric deep fat fryer instead
  3. Do not leave children alone in the kitchen whilst cooking with the hob or oven
  4. Do not place anything metallic in the microwave
  5. Keep electrical leads away from water and keep electrical leads and cloths away from the hob
  6. Avoid cooking if you have been drinking alcohol
  7. Keep the oven and grill clean, a build-up of fat and grease may catch fire
  8. Take care if wearing lose clothing as it can easily catch fire particularly when using the hob
  9. When you have finished cooking, double check that you have turned off the oven

Do not use matches or lighters to light gas cookers. Spark devices are safer.

Did You Know?

Planning an escape route and making sure everyone knows how to escape could save your life.