Fire service warning of hob danger

Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service is urging parents and carers to make sure children know the hazards of a hot hob.

As part of the nationwide ‘Fire Kills’ campaign, the service is asking parents and carers to make any kitchen activities a chance for children to learn of the dangers involved.

Chief fire officer Alex Bennett said: “There are lots of creative ways to teach kids about cooking safely this summer. 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 alarm as part of the activity.

“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.

“Half of all accidental fires in the home start in the kitchen – often because of distractions like phone calls or family.”

“So whatever happens elsewhere in the house, always make sure you have one eye on the hob or oven,” Mr Bennett added.

The Fire Kills campaign offers top tips for staying safe in the kitchen this summer, including keeping tea towels and cloths away from the cooker or hob.

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