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North Wales launches campaign to reduce cooking-related fires

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By LisaMarie Sinatra

According to a news article out of the U.K., cooking is a major cause of accidental fires in homes in North Wales. As a result, the North Wales Fire and Rescue Service is launching a new campaign, “We Don’t Want to Come Dine with You – Think Safe, Cook Safe!,” to help drive down the number of cooking-related fires in the area, and educate residents about the importance of cooking safely. A major focus of the campaign includes the dangers of leaving your cooking unattended. Sound familiar? We thought so.

As you know from an NFPA cooking fires report, from 2007 – 2011 unattended cooking was by far the leading contributing factor in kitchen-related fires in the U.S. So, what are a couple of easy things you can do to stay on top of your cooking? NFPA recommends the following:

  • Stay in the kitchen while you are frying, grilling, or broiling food. If you leave the kitchen for even a short period of time, turn off the stove.
  • If you are simmering, baking, roasting, or boiling food, check it regularly, remain in the home while food is cooking, and use a timer to remind you that you are cooking.

Find out more about cooking safely on NFPA’s web pages.

As Gwyn Jones from the North Wales Fire and Rescue Service says in the article, “It is our responsibility to do everything we can to highlight that cooking causes a high number of house fires and to try and drive our messages home. But when it comes to changing behaviour to keep safe, we can only advice and then it is up to you, the individual, to make sure you heed our advice.”

Sound words to live by. So what are you doing to keep accidents at bay in the kitchen? Share you stories with us. We’d love to hear your success story!

Source:: NFPA – Safety Information

Michael S. Williams

Michael S. Williams

Williams founded the Fire Services Training Institute in 1995 to find solutions to the challenges confronting the volunteer fire service. He has been an active member of California State Firefighters Association (CSFA) since 1994, having served on the volunteer and public relations committees, and as a southern division deputy director. He sits on several local organizations including the Santa Barbara County Fire Safe Council, the Tri-Counties Training Officers Association, Santa Barbara Chapter of CAER and is a founding member of the Santa Barbara PIO group Emergency Public Information Communicators (EPIC). He has been the author of many articles and a columnist for a local newspaper on public safety matters. He is also the co-host of Community Alert on KZSB AM-1290 in Santa Barbara. Williams has been a member of the California State Board of Fire Services since 2008. Prior to becoming involved in the volunteer fire service, Williams was a California police officer for 12 ½ years and a POST certified Field Training Officer. He is a licensed private investigator and security consultant specializing in self-insured, government and insurance defense assignments.


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