#Just1 distraction is a recipe for disaster
Many of us have adapted during the lockdown restrictions either working from home or home-schooling, and with an increase in multitasking there is an increased risk of a kitchen fire - just one distraction is all it takes to create a recipe for disaster.
All residents continue to have a part to play in reducing demand on our services, as we launch the #Just1 campaign to raise awareness of the dangers of kitchen fires.
Over 40% of all fires in the home start in the kitchen – showing just how easy preparing a meal can turn to disaster.
But during the recent lockdown crisis, that figure has risen even higher as people have been spending more time than usual cooking in the kitchen.
To help prevent a fire within your home, we're urging people to please STAY ALERT and avoid leaving the room while cooking. If you do leave the room, please turn the stove off and keep the stove top area clear.
Paul Scott, Senior Fire Safety Manager, explains:
“With everyone confined to their homes during, many of us have been getting creative with how we pass the time and that has included comforting ourselves by cooking more, sharing recipes and posting photos of creations on social media.
“This is a great way of keep in touch with family and friends – but we have noticed an increase in kitchen fires as a result.
“Unfortunately, we are all too aware that just one distraction whilst cooking really could spell disaster - it sounds obvious but getting distracted is one of the main causes of a kitchen fire, whether it’s a distraction from our children or simply using a mobile phone or tablet.
“It’s startling that 40% of all the fires we attend tend to start in the kitchen - but even more startling to think that most of these could be prevented by taking some very simple precautions.
“This means reducing the chances of you or your family getting hurt, or of you having to foot the bill for a completely new kitchen.”