Welcome from the Chief Fire Officer
Be a safe cook!
More fires start in the kitchen than in any other room in the home – last year, our firefighters attended 175 cooking related fires. For this reason, I’m appealing to all residents to keep an eye on your cooking and avoid drunken disasters at the stove.
The six nations rugby tournament kicked off this month, and with many fans enjoying the game over a few pints in the pub or a couple of cans in the comfort of their armchair, I feel it’s timely for me to issue an important reminder about the dangers of cooking after drinking.
Time and time again our firefighters are called to house fires in the region which have started after residents have become distracted in the kitchen or lose concentration after a drink, with serious and sometimes tragic consequences.
Cooking and drinking simply don’t mix
Remember, cooking and drinking simply don’t mix – you can avoid a recipe for disaster by making yourself a sandwich before enjoying a drink or simply getting a take away instead. This really could save your life.
Also, with important dates like Valentines Day, National Chip Week and Shrove Tuesday this month, I know that many of you may be hoping to demonstrate your cooking skills.
Stand by your pan!
One important mantra to repeat when cooking is ‘Stand by your pan!’ – if you leave the room, remove the pan from the heat. Within minutes a fire can start and spread from a small blaze to a life threatening one. When you have finished cooking, make sure that all the appliances are turned off and the cooking area is clear.
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