With February half term just around the corner, many children across the County will no doubt find themselves looking for something to do, and that might just include spending a bit more time in the kitchen.
But whether they’re lending a hand or simply seeking a snack, it’s important to ensure they know the hazards of a hot hob.
As part of the national fire safety campaign, Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service are encouraging parents and carers to make any kitchen activities not only a chance to learn about making and eating healthy foods but a chance to learn about cooking safely too.
Jane Williams, Prevention and Protection Support Manager said; “There are lots of creative way to teach kids about cooking fire safety. And it’s absolutely vital that they know what to do if things go wrong.
We’ve been running our cooking safety campaign for around 12 months now and are really trying to get across how easy it is to have an accidental cooking fire in the home. Our ‘Keep it Clean, Keep it Clear’ campaign aims to get people to clear up the cooker clutter. It is so easy to accidentally turn on the wrong cooker dial, even as an adult, but if there are young children in the home who perhaps don’t understand the dangers, they too could find themselves accidentally starting a fire if the cooker isn’t kept clear.
In fact, there’s been two such incidents occur in Lancashire where children been playing and placed a toy on a cooker hob and accidentally set fire to it. So this is a very real and present issue”.
So alongside the cake mixing, chocolate melting and the stirring why not take the chance to talk about cooking fire safety. Talk about what to do in the event of a fire; practice your escape plans and test your smoke alarms as part of the same activity.
Remember, never leave a child alone with a hot hob and help keep them safe by moving matches, lighters, saucepan handles and combustible items away from cookers and out of their reach.
The national fire safety campaign’s top tips for staying safe in the kitchen are:
- Don’t leave cooking unattended, it’s so easy to forget you were cooking altogether
- Keep tea towels, food packaging and clothes away from the cooker hob
- Take care if you are wearing loose clothing, this can easily catch fire
- A build-up of grease and fat can easily ignite so try to keep on top of the cleaning. Grill pans, baking trays and ovens are a big contributor to cooking fires.
- Never throw water on a hot oil fire
- Don’t take risks by tackling a fire. Get out, stay out and call 999
- Make sure you have at least one smoke alarm fitted in your property and test it regularly.