Most accidental house fires start in the kitchen

Most kitchen fires occur when people are distracted or leave things unattended.

  • Never use a toaster under a shelf or kitchen cupboard – pull it out from under the cupboard when in use.
  • Don’t hang wet or damp tea towels on the cooker to dry.
  • Dirty grill pans and ovens cause fires. Help keep them clean.
  • When using a microwave read the cooking instructions carefully, ensure you don’t put in any metal objects.
  • Kettles can cause serious burns from the steam, make sure you don’t lean over the kettle when it’s boiling.

What you should do if there is a cooking fire

  • Try not to panic and don’t take any risks.
  • Don't move the pan.
  • Never throw water or use a fire extinguisher.
  • Turn off the heat - If it's safe to do so.
  • Leave the kitchen, closing the door behind you.
  • Ensure everyone else in the home is out too.
  • Don’t go back inside for any reason.
  • Once you are out safely call 999 and ask for the Fire Service.

How many hazards can you spot?