Launch of 'We don't want to come dine with you!' campaign on Anglesey

Posted 27/10/2014 14:10:36

North Wales Fire and Rescue Service is launching the 'We don't want
to come dine with you - Think Safe, Cook Safe!' campaign on Anglesey this
Friday to help drive down the number of cooking related fires in the area and
educate local residents about the importance of cooking safely.

Cooking is a major cause of accidental fires in the home in North
Wales -  this campaign highlights the dangers of leaving your cooking unattended and follows on from other successful campaign runs in Wrexham, Flintshire, Gwynedd, Conwy and Denbighshire.

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.

That's why firefighters will be out and about over the next few months, talking to shoppers on Anglesey about how to stay safe in the kitchen, providing free kitchen timers to encourage people to think safe when they are cooking and to remember to time their cooking correctly.

And people can put their safety knowledge to the test by trying
out our cooking safely quiz with £100 worth of supermarket vouchers for the lucky winner.


An online cooking quiz will also help those who can't make it to
the supermarket visits to learn about safety in the kitchen and be in with the
chance of winning our competition.

Geraint Hughes, Community Safety Manager for Gwynedd and Môn from
North Wales Fire and Rescue Service said: "It is our responsibility to do
everything we can to highlight that cooking causes a high number of house fires
and to try to drive our messages home - but when it comes to changing behaviour to keep safe, we can only advise and then it is up to you, the individual, to make sure you heed our advice.

"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. We don't want to come dine with you and tackle your kitchen fire!

"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 £100 in supermarket vouchers. If you can't make it, take part
in our online quiz at www.facebook.com/Northwalesfireservice.

"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.

Here are Geraint's 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 oven, 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 far 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 (10am- 3pm):

31/10/14 - Tesco, Holyhead

07/11/14 - Co - operative store, Amlwch

14/11/14 - Tesco, Holyhead

28 / 11 / 14 - Asda, Llangefni

5/12/14 - Co-operative store, Llanfairpwll

12/12/14 - Co-operative store, Llanfairpwll

 

To take part in the online quiz, visit www.facebook.com/Northwalesfireservice.
To find out more about the campaign, search #wedontwanttocomedinewithyou on Twitter.

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