Make sure you guard against
fire this Valentine’s Day

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So, how are those New Year’s resolutions going? I trust you are still testing your smoke alarms every Tuesday? I certainly hope so.

It’s the one thing that you can do to ensure the safety of everyone in your home.

Smoke alarms give valuable early warning of a fire and could potentially save you and your family’s lives – so remember every Tuesday, join in with #TestItTuesday and give yourself the peace of mind that your smoke alarm is ready and armed to alert you if the worst does happen.

The new year is starting to become a distant memory with February now in residence.

February is a month where we ask you to consider your safety in the kitchen. With Pancake Day, Valentine’s Day and National Chip Week all falling in February, it is easy to see why cooking becomes our focus.

Now I know we all enjoy the traditional pancake on Shrove Tuesday and we are a nation of fish and chip eaters, but both pose an extra risk in the kitchen due to hot oily pans.

Getting distracted and leaving cooking unattended is one of the top causes of kitchen fires, so here are my top tips for staying safe in the kitchen.

Take care when cooking with oil, it sets alight easily. If the oil starts to smoke, it’s too hot. Turn off the heat and leave it to cool.

Use a thermostatically controlled electric deep fat fryer for chips. They can’t overheat.

Don’t get distracted. Never leave cooking unattended.

Keep tea towels and cloths away from the cooker and hob. Keep children and pets away from the cooker/hob.

Take care if wearing loose clothing when cooking – it can easily catch fire.

Always double check the cooker is off when you have finished cooking and before you leave the room.

If disaster does strike, then never throw water onto a chip pan fire. If it is safe to do so, turn the heat off!

If fire does break out, do not try to tackle the fire yourself – get out, stay out and call 999.

And remember, if you are adding candles to your romantic Valentine’s evening, then remember to put them out before you leave the room and don’t place them near soft furnishings.

So whatever you are up to this February, take extra care in the kitchen.