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Christmas kitchen safety warning

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As part of its Winter Safety Campaign firefighters are reminding people not to leave their cooking unattended because a kitchen fire can be devastating.

While this advice applies at any time of year, it is more relevant than ever over the Christmas period when people entertain more, they enjoy a drink or two at home and there tends to be more distractions.

Station Commander Grant Wills, Community Safety Manager at H&WFRS, explained: "Whether you're popping a few mince pies in the oven to warm for friends or you plan to cook the full roast Christmas dinner for the family, we want you to avoid the risk of a kitchen fire by following our common sense safety tips."

H&WFRS advises:

  • Never leave cooking unattended
  • If you're buying a large joint of meat that will take several hours to cook, avoid going out or up to bed while it's cooking, and be sure to check it at regular intervals.
  • Keep combustibles (tea towels etc) away from the hob.
  • Turn off the cooker as soon as you have finished cooking, and double check that it's switched off before leaving the house or going up to bed at night.
  • Avoid drinking alcohol if you are the one in charge of the cooking.
  • Ensure you have a smoke alarm fitted on every level of your home and be sure to test your alarms every week.