Kitchen safety

Did you know more fires start in the kitchen than in any other room?

Keep safe in your kitchen by booking a free home fire safety visit today. It only takes around 20 minutes - and it could save your life.

You'll get safety tips and advice on how to avoid a fire in the kitchen - and what to do if it does. You'll even get free extra smoke alarms if you need them.

Speak to our Customer First Centre on 0800 561 0088 or book your free visit by:

    Cooking safety

    Follow our cooking advice to stay safe in the kitchen:

    • make sure your cooker was fitted by a qualified fitter;
    • keep your oven, cooker and grill clean. Clean up any fat;
    • keep tea towels, cloths and kitchen paper away from the cooker;
    • keep fats and oils away from the cooker;
    • cook with handles turned to the side to avoid spilling; and
    • use a flameless lighter on gas cookers instead of matches or a lighter.

    You should never:

    • hang or dry clothes or towels on or near the cooker;
    • leave your cooker, grill or oven on when you go out – even on a timer;
    • leave electrical wires or cords near the cooker;
    • keep anything on top of an eye-level grill;
    • put anything metal in your microwave – even tin foil; or
    • cook after drinking alcohol or taking drugs or if you are feeling tired.

    Chip pans and deep-frying

    Modern electric deep fat fryers are safer than traditional chip pans because they have a safety switch that cuts them off to stop them overheating and catching fire.

    Traditional chip pans are more likely to cause fires. If you do use one, follow this advice:

    • only ever fill one third full;
    • turn the handle to the side – but not over any of the other cooker rings;
    • fry in small amounts – overfilling could cause spills; and
    • make sure food going in it is dry, not dripping wet or covered in ice.

    You should never:

    • deep fry when you’ve been drinking alcohol or taking drugs or if you are feeling tired; or
    • leave the pan alone - it only takes a second for a fire to start.

    Kitchen appliances

    Washing machines, tumble dryers and dishwashers have working parts that heat up and could start a fire if something goes wrong.

    Follow our safety advice:

    • always switch appliances off at the wall before going to bed or going out;
    • always plug straight into a wall socket and avoid adaptors for lots of plugs as they can result in electricity overloads; and
    • never leave them running when you’re going out or going to bed.