KITCHEN SAFETY TIPS
Sharp Objects, Matches etc.
It almost goes without saying that any potentially dangerous implements or items, e.g. knives and other sharp kitchen utensils, along with matches, lighters and the like, should be locked safely out of
It is amazing how many parents go to this trouble, then leave the keys hanging on a hook, within easy reach of the kids.
Ideally, smoke alarms should be fitted in every room, and close to, but not in, the kitchen.
Alarms should be tested regularly, and the batteries changed twice a year, or more frequently if the `battery low` light comes on.
For those with hearing difficulties there are devices available that make use of a vibrating pad or flashing light instead of the high-pitched auditory signal.
All electrical sockets and equipment should be checked regularly (yearly is appropriate) by a professional electrician. Any worn wiring should be replaced and any loose socket or switch plates tightened.
Childproof plastic plates are available for unused
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Cookers must be fitted with childproof doors, anti-topple brackets and safety guards.
Keep a fire blanket in the cooker area and know how to use it.
Get a fire extinguisher; small extinguishers are readily available in local shops, or online. Foam type extinguishers are best, particularly for electrical fires.
Most fires start with an unattended cooker. If answering the front door, for example, turn off the heat.
If a fire develops in a pot or pan, turn off the heat; cover it with a fire blanket or damp tea towel, and leave to cool.
Don’t ever be tempted to throw water on it (the same applies to any electrical
The kitchen is not a playroom. Never leave children unattended, even for short periods.
Explain to your child(ren) how dangerous fire can be.
If a Fire Starts
If you have a fire,
Leave the building, closing all doors, and do not re-enter until told it is safe.
If you are trapped in a building that is on fire, and cannot leave safely,
Dialling 999 (this applies to the UK)
If you require the Fire Brigade, always dial 999. You can call free from any phone.
Don’t be afraid to dial the Fire Brigade even if you are uncertain if there is actually a fire.
Don’t think, `I better not dial
Don’t assume that someone else must have rung for the Fire Brigade. They we would rather receive numerous calls than none.