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Take time to teach children about cooking fire safety this half term


Date: 13th February, 2019

During the February half term, many children across Dorset & Wiltshire will be spending more time in the kitchen.

But whether they’re lending a hand or simply seeking a snack, it’s important to make sure that they know the hazards of a hot hob.

So as part of the national fire safety campaign, Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service is encouraging parents and carers to make any kitchen activities a chance for children to learn about cooking safety.

Safe and Well manager Vikki Thomas said: “There are lots of creative ways to teach children about cooking fire safety. And, it’s absolutely 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.”

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

Vikki Thomas continued: “Half of all accidental fires in the home start in the kitchen – often because of distractions like phone calls or family. Whatever happens elsewhere in your home, always make sure you have one eye on the hob or oven.”

The national fire safety campaign’s top tips for staying safe in the kitchen are:

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