Posted: Tue 31st May 2016

Cooking Safety Advice From MAWWFRS

news.wales / newyddion.cymru
This article is old - Published: Tuesday, May 31st, 2016

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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