‘Time it right – Don’t set it alight!’ campaign runs again in WrexhamPosted
Following the popularity of a new cooking safety campaign launched in Wrexham at the beginning of the year, firefighters will be returning to supermarkets across the town to give away free kitchen timers and talk to shoppers about the importance of cooking safely.
Over half of all accidental fires in the home in North Wales involve cooking food - and this figure rises to over 58% in the Wrexham region, where there's the highest number of cooking related fires per head of population.
The 'Time it right - Don't set it alight!' campaign highlights the dangers of getting distracted whilst you are preparing food and the risks involved with leaving your cooking unattended.
Forgetting to turn off the hob, leaving food in the microwave for too long, overheating a chip pan, burning the toast, leaving the oven on - all of these can spell disaster in the kitchen and can lead to serious injury or, even more worryingly, the loss of life.
Firefighters first hit the shops in March and April of last year, and now for the second phase of the campaign they will be out and about over the next two months talking to shoppers about how to stay safe in the kitchen and providing free kitchen timers to encourage people to think safe when they are cooking and to remember to time their cooking correctly.
Paul Whybrofrom North Wales Fire and Rescue Service said: "We had a great response to the 'Time it right - Don't set it alight!' campaign launched earlier this year - and now we're back for the second phase, visiting Sainsburys, Asda, Tesco and Morrissons on a number of Fridays over the next two months.
"Time and time again we attend house fires which have started in the kitchen - it is so easy to forget your cooking, especially if you are tired, distracted or have been drinking. But the consequences can be devastating.
"So please take notice of our campaign, come along to see us at a supermarket near you - we'll provide you with a useful kitchen timer and the chance to win a hamper full of luxury items in our competition.
"And don't forget - smoke alarms save lives. For a free home fire safety check call our 24 hour freephone number on 0800 169 1234.
These are our top tips for safety in the kitchen:
- If you leave the room take the cooking off the heat
- Don't use matches or lighters to light gas cookers. Spark devices are safer
- Always make sure that any handles are turned away from the edge of the cooker
- Keep the over, hob and grill clean - a build up fat and grease can easily catch fire
- Never hang anything to dry above the cooker
- Take care if you are wearing loose clothing as it can easily catch fire
- When you've finished cooking make sure everything is turned off
- Turn off electrical appliances when they are not being used
- Never use a chip pan - use a thermostatically controlled deep fat fryer
- Get fitted with smoke alarms - they are free of charge and could save your life."
North Wales Fire and Rescue Service staff will be visiting the following locations on the dates below:
Friday October 12th - Sainsburys
Friday October 19th - Sainsburys
Friday October 26th - Asda
Friday November 9th - Tesco
Friday November 23rd - Morrissons
Friday November 30th - Asda