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Enjoy cooking safely this month

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Each year cooking causes more accidental fires in the home than anything else and this month Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Service (HWFRS) is supporting the Fire Kills Cooking safety campaign.

With the Chinese New Year and Shrove Tuesday next week, Valentine's Day and National Chip Week later in February HWFRS is issuing vital safety messages to people across the two counties.

Station Commander Alan Haley from the Community Risk department, HWFRS said "Shrove Tuesday is next week and whilst making pancakes can be lots of fun for the whole family over half of all accidental fires in the home start in the kitchen so it's essential to take care, especially when cooking with hot oil."

Station Commander Haley urged anyone who is cooking over the next week, whether it is cooking a meal for a loved one on Valentine's Day, cooking a celebratory meal for Chinese New Year, cooking pancakes with the kids or simply enjoying some chips during National Chip Week to take note of the following safety tips:

• Keep your cooker and grill pan clean, burnt food and fat causes fires

• Turn off all electrical appliances and pull out the plugs when not using them

• Cooking becomes dangerous if you drink alcohol, you could become drowsy and not be as safe as you think

• Do not use a toaster under a cupboard

• If you use a chip pan, never fill it more than a third full and stay with it all the time

• Never leave a pan unattended when the heat is switched on and NEVER attempt to move the pan if it should catch fire

• Do not take risks. If a pan should catch fire, turn off the heat only if it's safe to do so. Never throw water over the pan.

• Keep children safely away from the cooking area

• Never tackle a fire yourself, but GET OUT, STAY OUT, CALL 999.

SC Haley concluded 'In addition to the above vital safety advice, I would urge people to test their smoke alarms are working on a weekly basis. If you require further advice on fire safety or would like to call the Community Risk department to see if you qualify for a free Home Fire Safety Check please call 0800 032 1155.'

Further kitchen safety advice is available under the Your Safety section or visit @HWFireSafety

Issued by:
Emma Roberts
Senior Community Risk Administrator
01905 368238