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Home Fire Safety 2013

Kitchen Fire Safety

42 percent of fires in the home occur in the kitchen. Over the cooler months of the year, the likelihood of fire increases by 15-20%. Together we can help to reduce this and keep our community safer.

Some simple tips to help reduce the risks:

Install a fire blanket and fire extinguisher properly and within easy reach of your cooktop in the kitchen and know how to use them. Both should be on the wall, not in a drawer.

Most of us know the importance of keeping our cooktops clean and free of any build-up caused by overflowing pots, however something that is often overlooked is the rangehood that just about every house now has. Over the years there are layers of oil that are sucked into these rangehoods every time we cook and unless they are removed regularly,, can be as fire waiting to happen with an errant spark from the cooktop.

For those with gas cooktops or ovens, just as important is to make sure they are serviced regularly, especially if you are seeing an orange flame as this means you may be releasing dangerous and toxic gases into your home.

If you would like more tips or information on how to use a fire blanket safely, please contact Rowville Fire Brigade via email on, or call the station during business hours on 97644414 to arrange a time.

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