Cooking safely “not just child’s play” warns South Wales Fire and Rescue Service 


South Wales Fire and Rescue Service is encouraging safety in the kitchen, after figures show 60% of accidental dwelling fires from 2014-2017 started in the kitchen.

Over the 3-year period, crews attended 2,027 accidental fires in homes across south Wales with cooking fires accounting for more than half.

Matthew Jones, Head of Home Safety for South Wales Fire and Rescue Service, said, “Our crews continue to attend a high number of accidental dwelling fires across South Wales and cooking is a significant factor.

“We want people to be able to enjoy being in their kitchen and cooking, but take simple precautions to avoid the risk of fire and keep themselves, family and friends safe.

“It’s important people never leave cooking unattended, if you need to leave the room turn your appliance off or set a timer to remind you.

“Testing your smoke alarm on a regular basis, knowing your escape route and calling 999, are all simple tips that could save your life and your family’s in the event of a fire.”

SWFRS offers the following top tips to stay safe when cooking:

  • Don’t leave cooking unattended – use a timer if you have something in the oven
  • Never cook if you’re sleepy, have been drinking alcohol or have taken medication which makes you drowsy
  • Never put water on a grease fire – use a pan lid and take it off the heat
  • Test your smoke alarms every month and change the batteries regularly if necessary
  • Make sure you and your family have an escape plan in place and know it in the event of a fire
  •  If you have a cooking fire – get out, stay out, and call 999

As with most accidental fires in the home, it is essential to take extra care and not be distracted while cooking. For more information about keeping safe and home safety tips, visit

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