Look When You Cook – 60% Of House Fires Start In The Kitchen

Look When You Cook – 60% Of House Fires Start In The Kitchen

Look when you cook – that’s the message from West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service as part of kitchen fire safety month.

According to its figures, 60% of fires the service attended in 2018 started in the kitchen.

Crews attended 449 house fires, of which 270 originated in kitchens.

The main causes were people being distracted when cooking and faulty equipment.

Alistair Evans, Safe & Well Manager at West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service, said: “The majority of kitchen fires are easily preventable. It is easy to get distracted in the kitchen if you are multi-tasking and not paying full attention. But our figures show this is the biggest cause of fires in our county. We’d also encourage people to keep an eye out for faulty appliances, wiring and plugs and to get these mended.”

Safety tips include:

  • Don’t leave cooking unattended and don’t cook after you’ve consumed alcohol.
  • If you notice appliances get jammed or the wiring is not quite right then get them checked by a professional or replace them all together.
  • Keep tea towels, kitchen roll or anything else that could catch light away from work top appliances such as toasters and kettles.
  • Keep the oven, hob and grill clean and in good working order. A build-up of fat or grease can start a fire.

Debbie Kennard, West Sussex County Council Cabinet Member for Safer, Stronger Communities, said: “Taking on board these simple tips can significantly reduce a risk of a fire in your home. Fires started in the kitchen can quickly take hold and spread, however most are entirely preventable. Our fire and rescue service does an excellent job of keeping us safe, but we can all help ourselves by reducing fire risks at home.”

For more information and tips on how to keep safe or to find out about a free home fire safety visit see www.westsussex.gov.uk/fire