Cooking Safety Advice From MAWWFRS
On Sunday afternoon (29/05/2016) at 2.22pm crews from Gorseinon and Pontardulais attended an incident in Penyrhoel, Gorseinon.
The incident involved cooking left unattended on the cooker, while no firefighting action was required, 1 occupant was treated with oxygen therapy and a pulseometer at the property.
While many kitchen fires happen when people are not paying attention or they leave things unattended, there are several things you can do to prevent fires in the kitchen:
• Make sure you don’t get distracted when you are cooking.
• Take pans off the heat or turn the heat down if you’re called away from the cooker, e.g. by a phone call.
• Take care if you’re wearing loose clothing as it can catch fire easily.
• Don’t cook if you have been drinking alcohol or have taken certain prescription drugs – you may get drowsy or lose concentration.
Karen Jones, Head of Community Safety said:
“In 2015 we attended 203 accidental fires where cooking was the main cause across the Service,”
“Having working smoke alarms are a vital protection from the danger of fire in your home. They provide an early warning, giving you and your family precious time to get out of your home quickly.
It is vitally important that you test your smoke alarm regularly”.
Mid and West Wales Fire & Rescue Service provides a free home fire safety check offering practical advice and guidance on how to make your home safer from fire as well as installing smoke alarms if required.
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