Fire Kills – kitchen hazards

We’re backing national campaign Fire Kills which looks to raise awareness of the fire risks in your home and we’re working with the Fire Service to promote Home Safety visits. Today we’ll look at just some of the hazards in a family kitchen…

The kitchen is the most likely place in the home for a fire to start and there are plenty of hazards, so let’s look at some fire safety tips:

  • Take extra care if leaving the kitchen while cooking, take pans off the heat or turn the heat down to avoid risk
  • Avoid cooking when under the influence of alcohol
  • Avoid leaving children in the kitchen alone when cooking on the hob. Keep matches and saucepan handles out of the reach of children
  • Take care if you’re wearing loose clothing
  • Keep tea towels and cloths away from the cooker and hob
  • Double check the cooker is off when you’ve finished cooking
  • Keep electrics away from water
  • Check toasters are clean and placed away from curtains or kitchen rolls
  • Keep the oven, hob and grill clean and in good working order. A build-up of fat and grease can ignite a fire


Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service are offering free Home Safety visits to give you peace of mind and find any fire risks in your home. Find out more and make a request for your home safety visit now.

The Fire Kills campaign also raises awareness of the importance of having smoke alarms on each floor of your home and to check that the batteries are working at least once a month.