Kitchen fires in the home

kitchen_firePerhaps not surprisingly a large number of fires in the home start in the kitchen. The London Fire Brigade says, around 60 per cent.

Kitchens tend to be warm and dry. There are many sources of ignition; electrical devices such as toasters, kettles, blenders, microwaves and even naked flames if you use a gas oven. In addition to that there are usually a good supply of combustible materials; fats and oils, cloths, curtains or blinds, wooden cupboards.

Deep fat fryers, though they are less common these days, can be a particular hazard as they are used at high temperature and contain a relatively large quantity of a highly combustible material, fat or oil.

Washing machines account for approximately 600 fires a year, tumble dryers more than 500, dishwashers over 450, ovens 350, and fridges and freezers around 300 according to government statistics.

If there is a fire in the kitchen whilst you are at home:

The bottom line is if you do not feel comfortable tackling the fire, don’t take the risk, it is far better to be safe than sorry. So close the kitchen door to reduce the spread of the fire and smoke and call the fire brigade.

Prevention is far better than cure so ensure that you reduce the risk of a fire occurring in the first place. Electrical items with moving parts (washing machines, tumble dryers, dishwashers) should not be left running whilst you are out, or overnight when you go to bed. Observe the Blue Watch kitchen safety tips.

Consider a fire blanket and/or fire extinguishers if you do not already have them.

If you have questions about fire risk assessment, or for help on any aspect of fire safety, call us on 01524 784356 today.

Commercial buildings, non-domestic and multi-occupancy premises in England and Wales are already forced to undertake a 'suitable and sufficient' fire risk assessment carried out under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005. While the overwhelming majority of premises do this, if the assessment is thought to have been carried out to an insufficient extent, the Responsible Person can face an unlimited fine or up to two years in prison.

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