Northamptonshire’s Fire Service is warning parents to keep children safe in the kitchen over half term.
The authority says it’s aware that youngsters are likely to spend more time cooking during the holiday – and everyone needs to remember possible hazards.
Amongst the advice is keeping them away from hot surfaces – and keeping saucepan handles out of reach.
They also say half of accidental kitchen fires start because of distractions in the home – including phone calls and other family members.
Other tips include:
– Take care if you need to leave the kitchen whilst cooking. Take pans off the heat or turn them down to avoid risk
– If a pan catches fire, don’t take any risks – get out, stay out, and call 999
– Double check the hob is off when you’ve finished cooking
– Keep tea towels and cloths away from the cooker and hob
– Take care if you’re wearing loose clothing – this can easily catch fire
– Avoid leaving children in the kitchen alone when cooking. Keep matches and saucepan handles out of their reach to keep them safe
– Take care with electrics – keep leads and appliances away from water and place grills and toasters away from curtains and kitchen rolls
– Keep your equipment clean and in good working order. A build-up of fat and grease can ignite a fire
– Don’t cook after drinking alcohol
– Hot oil can catch fire easily – be careful that it doesn’t overheat
– Never throw water on a chip pan fire
– In the event of a fire, have an escape plan in place
– Make sure you have at least one smoke alarm on every level of your home and test them regularly