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Keep children safe while cooking


Date: 8th July, 2020

The more time children spend at home, the more time they will be spending in the kitchen. It could be from lending a hand to searching for snacks. It is important to make sure that children know the hazards of a hot hob.

As part of the Fire Kills campaign, Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service is asking parents and carers to make any kitchen activities a chance for kids to learn about keeping safe in the kitchen.

Prevention Delivery Manager Ian Hopkins said: “From bake-offs to barbecues, there are lots of creative ways to teach kids about cooking fire safety this summer. And it’s vital that they know what to do if the worst should happen.

“So, alongside the melting, mixing and making, why not take the chance to pass on your fire safety knowhow? Test your smoke alarms as part of the activity. And remember, never leave a child alone with a hot hob, and help keep them safe by moving matches and saucepan handles out of their reach.

Half of all accidental fires in the home start in the kitchen – often because of distractions like phone calls or family. So, whatever happens elsewhere in the house, always make sure you have one eye on the hob or oven”.

Kids don’t have to be in the kitchen to change the way you work – a distraction whilst cooking is a main cause of fire call-outs right across the country.

The Fire Kills campaign’s top tips for staying safe in the kitchen includes:

 

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