Could your Valentine’s Day be a recipe for disaster?
Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Service is warning couples to stay safe whilst cooking up romantic meals this Valentine's Day. Click here to watch a 'bite-sized' date night disaster video.
Station Commander Stuart Crebbin said: "We are encouraging the romantic folk of Herefordshire and Worcestershire to take care if cooking for a loved one. Leaving pans unattended, drinking alcohol whilst cooking, and being generally distracted could result in a recipe for disaster and potentially a devastating house fire.
"Make sure that you never leave cooking unattended and avoid having a tipple whilst you are preparing your meal. Ovens and grills should also be cleaned regularly as burnt food and built up fat can ignite, which is not what you want on a romantic evening!"
Cooking causes more accidental fires in the home than anything else and also results in the most injuries and the second most fatalities so, whatever you are cooking up this February, make sure it is not a recipe for disaster!
Station Commander Stuart Crebbin concluded: "Be cautious with candles too! I'm sure lots of people will be thinking about creating a romantic atmosphere with candles or tea lights, but please make sure they are not left unattended, are away from curtains etc. and not moved once lit.
"Finally, please don't forget to test your smoke alarms and ensure that you have a working one on every level of your home as it could just save your life."
More safety advice can be found at www.hwfire.org.uk and by following @HWFire #RecipeForDisaster on Twitter.
A Valentines themed safety video created by the Service can also be found on the HWFRS You Tube channel.