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Five tips for fire safety in the kitchen


Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service (GFRS) is encouraging parents and carers to make any kitchen activities a chance for kids to learn about cooking safely.

As part of the Government’s ‘Fire Kills’ campaign, the fire service are offering handy tips on how to teach children about staying safe in the kitchen.

Whether they’re lending a hand preparing dinner, practicing their technical baking challenges or just grabbing a snack, it’s important to make sure that children know the hazards of a hot hob.

Five of the tips from the fire service to help keep kids safe include:

  1. Move matches and saucepan handles out of reach
  2. Always make sure you have one eye on the hob or oven.
  3. Double check the hob is off when you’ve finished cooking.
  4. In the event of a fire, have an escape plan in place.
  5. Make sure you check your smoke alarms.

Stewart Edgar, chief fire officer at Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service, said: “Our county’s budding chefs and star bakers might be keen to stir up a storm in the kitchen, but its really important that they know what to do if the worst should happen.

“There are lots of creative ways to teach kids about fire safety when cooking and these five tips are just some of the really important things to remember.”

Cllr Nigel Moor, cabinet member for fire, planning and infrastructure at Gloucestershire County Council, said: “Learning to cook or bake is a really useful skill to have, but half of all accidental fires in the home start in the kitchen - often because of distractions like phone calls or family.

“So alongside the melting, mixing and making, why not take the chance to pass on your fire safety knowhow to the next generation of Mary Berrys and Jamie Olivers?.”

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