Kitchen fire safety

A burnt out kitchen.

Kitchen fires are common at any time of year, but particularly at Christmas when large numbers of people are in the home and those cooking can easily become distracted.

Cooking after drinking alcohol also increases the risk of fire, and makes you more likely to get distracted or even fall asleep while cooking.

Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service would like to help you enjoy Christmas while keeping your home and your family safe from fire.

You can help to avoid a fire in the kitchen by remembering the following safety advice:

Cooking safely

  • Don't leave pans unattended. Take them off the heat if you have to leave the room. Fire starts when your attention stops
  • Don't use matches or lighters to light gas cookers. Spark devices are safer
  • Turn saucepan handles so they don't stick out from the hob
  • Keen the oven door shut. When you've finished cooking, make sure the cooker or oven is turned off
  • Take care late at night. Most kitchen fires start between 10pm and 4am. It's easy to be careless when you're tired or if you've been drinking
  • Keep electrical leads, tea towels and cloths away from the cooker
  • Keep the oven, hob and grill clean. A build-up of fat and grease can easily catch fire
  • Don't put anything metallic inside the microwave
  • Take care if you are wearing loose clothing, it can easily catch fire
  • Never store anything on top of your cooker or hob

If a fire occurs

  • Tackling fire is a job best left to professional firefighters. If you discover a fire, get out of the house, shutting the door on the fire if possible and dial 999. Leave your pets, firefighters will rescue them.