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Every year several thousand people are injured in kitchen fires in the UK. Government statistics for 2014/15 show that cooking appliances caused 50 per cent of accidental dwelling fires in that year, and was by far the largest ignition category.  The kitchen is the most dangerous place in your home but by taking a few simple steps to make your kitchen safe then you are less likely to have a fire.

 Precautions

Here are a few precautionary steps you can take to reduce the risk of a kitchen fire:

Cookers

Keep your hob, oven and grill clean - cooking on a regular basis leads to build-up from substances like leftover food and grease, which can easily catch fire. 

Don’t hang tea towels or cloths on or over the cooker.

Keep electrical leads from trailing over or going near the cooker.

Appliances

Keep appliances clean. Just as with the counters, check for grease or food build-up on your kitchen appliances, such as toasters, microwaves and deep fryers. 

Don’t put anything metallic in a microwave.

Smoke Detectors

Install a smoke detector either inside or just outside your kitchen.

Regularly check your smoke detector, make sure it works. Remember to change the batteries.

Electrical

Keep electrical leads away from water

Ensure that your kettle isn’t leaking.

Don’t leave appliances such as dishwashers, tumble dryers and washing machines on at night.

Fire Extinguisher

Keep a fire extinguisher in or near the kitchen and make sure you know how to use it.

Fire Suppression Systems

If after these precautions have been taken a fire does break out it is necessary for someone to be there and take action to extinguish it. This is dependent on someone noticing the fire before it is too late and knowing what to do. 

In some premises where there are a number of people cooking kitchen safety may be a particular worry; for instance, student halls of residence, apartment blocks, and sheltered accommodation.

Installing an automatic fire suppression system removes the need for people to be trained in how to use a fire extinguisher or even for them to be in the room. Automatic systems detect the fire and extinguish it at the early stages even before it has been noticed by a person. A residential fire suppression systems 

The Firetrace Solution

Fryertrace®, is a self-contained automatic kitchen fire suppression system that requires no external power source and can be installed within an adjacent cupboard or directly inside a suitable extractor hood. Visit our Fryertrace web page for more information on how fitting an automatic fire suppression system will give protection and peace of mind.