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Christmas Cooking Safety

For many people Christmas Day is the most hectic cooking day of the year as they disappear into their kitchens to prepare a huge roast dinner for their extended family and tray and avoid the distraction that a house full of  guests and children with new toys making demands on their time.

That is why on Christmas Day it’s so important to make sure you stay safe in the kitchen and don’t let distraction turn your turkey dinner into a catastrophe.

More fires start in the kitchen than any other room and one in three house fires in the County start with someone cooking.

Divisional Officer Neil Fenwick said: “Christmas can be one of the most hectic days of the year. As well as the presents, guests and excited children it’s the day many of us attempt our most ambitious meal cooking a huge roast turkey dinner for all of our guests.

“That’s why it’s important to make sure that you take extra care in the kitchen and don’t get distracted by everything that’s going on around you.

“If you are planning a Christmas drink in the morning take care and make sure you still have your wits about you when you’re preparing the Christmas lunch.”

To make sure you stay safe in the kitchen on Christmas Day follow our safety tips:

• Avoid leaving cooking unattended.
• If you have to leave the kitchen to answer the door, get a toy working or look after your guests turn off the cooker.
• Never leave children in the kitchen alone with cooking on, send them out to play with their new toys instead.
• Take care if you’re wearing loose clothing – they can easily catch fire.
• Keep tea towels, cloths and oven gloves away from the cooker and hob.
• Make sure the oven, hob and grill are clean and in good working order. A build-up of fat and grease can ignite a fire.
• Take care when cooking with hot oil – it sets alight easily. If the oil starts to smoke – it’s too hot. Turn off the heat and leave it to cool.
• Never try to cook after drinking. Have a drink with your dinner but keep a clear head in the kitchen.

More advice about staying fire safe over Christmas and the New Year can be found here.

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