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Reminder to local residents about taking care while cooking


Date: 1st May, 2018

Swindon residents are being reminded to take care when cooking, after nearly two thirds of all accidental fires in the town last year started in the kitchen.

Within Swindon, Dorset & Wiltshire Fire & Rescue Service attended 150 accidental fires in the home during 2017-18 – and 58 of these were directly attributed to cooking.

Group Manager Glyn Moody, who is in charge of the three Swindon fire stations, said: “In the majority of cases, these fires were down to the occupier being distracted – for example, by other family members or answering the telephone. Across all types of accidental fires, there was also an issue with smoking, with 11 fires caused by smoking materials, often after people had fallen asleep.”

He added: “Whenever we attend at a property to deal with a fire, we assess whether there are working smoke alarms and any other fire risks which may need to be dealt with. Where appropriate, we then carry out free Safe & Well visits, which include fitting smoke alarms and advising the occupants on how best to prevent further fires in the future.”

Amongst the top tips for kitchen safety are:

To see if you qualify for a free Safe & Well visit, or to find out more information about being safe at home, visit www.dwfire.org.uk/safety or call 0800 038 2323.

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