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Swindon residents reminded to take care when cooking


Date: 29th June, 2017

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

Dorset & Wiltshire Fire & Rescue Service attended 130 accidental fires in the home during 2016-17 – and 66 of these were directly attributed to cooking.

Group Manager Glyn Moody, Deputy Area Commander for Swindon, 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 – or having consumed alcohol. Fortunately, there were working smoke alarms in all but ten of the homes, which gave early warning of the fires.”

He added: “We carried out Safe & Well visits at those ten properties following the incidents, which included 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 request a free Safe & Well visit, or to find out more information about being safe at home, visit www.dwfire.org.uk

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