Clean cooking is safe way to reduce fire risk

Cleveland Fire Brigade is urging people to come clean with their cooking.

It follows a spate of recent kitchen fires being sparked by a build-up of grease and fat on cookers.

John Feeney, District Manager for Middlesbrough, Redcar and Cleveland at Cleveland Fire Brigade said:

“Cleaning surfaces can only take a few seconds but can be vital in reducing the chances of fat bursting into flames and causing serious damage, injury or even death.

“The message is quite stark and simple. Take extra care when cooking and don’t put yourself or your family at risk.

“We have been called out to an increase in kitchen fires in the past few days where fat and grease have been a catalyst for fire. Fortunately no one was seriously injured however these are a timely reminder that the kitchen is the most hazardous room in the home.”

More than half of all accidental fires at home start in the kitchen.

Safety tips:

  • Keep your oven, hob, grill and microwave clean – a build-up of fat and grease can easily catch fire.
  • Keep your toaster clean, free of crumbs and away from curtains, kitchen rolls and anything else that could catch fire.
  • Stand by your pan – take pans off the heat and turn off the hob and/or grill if you have to leave the kitchen while cooking.
  • Chuck out your chip pan – it could save your life. Every year they cause over 8,000 fires, 3,000 injuries and 30 deaths nationally – there is simply no need for it.
  • Don’t drink and fry – fires start when you fall asleep while cooking food.
  • Ensure pan handles don’t stick out – so they don’t get knocked off the stove.
  • Make sure the oven, hob and grill is turned off when you have finished cooking.
  • In the case of a fire….get out, stay out and call 999.