Campaign launched to slash number of kitchen fires in Denbighshire


Rebecca Cole

A CAMPAIGN to slash the number of kitchen fires is about to be launched.

North Wales Fire and Rescue Service is due to unveil the 'We don't want to come dine with you - Think Safe, Cook Safe' drive in Denbighshire on Friday to help bring down the number of cooking related fires in the area and educate residents about the importance of cooking safely.

According to the authority, cooking is a major cause of accidental fires in the home and the campaign, which follows similar initiatives in neighbouring counties, will highlight the dangers of leaving cooking unattended.

Firefighters will be out and about at supermarkets to discuss the dangers of forgetting to turn off the hob, leaving food in the microwave for too long, overheating chip pans, burning the toast and leaving the oven on, all of which can “spell disaster in the kitchen” and “lead to serious injury or even more worryingly the loss of life”.

Gwyn Jones, from North Wales Fire and Rescue Service, said: "It is our responsibility to do everything we can to highlight that cooking causes a high number of house fires and to try to drive our messages home.

“But when it comes to changing behaviour to keep safe, we can only advise and then it is up to you, the individual, to make sure you heed our advice.”

Anyone interested in talking to the crew will be given a kitchen timer and the chance to win £100 in supermarket vouchers.

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