Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service is urging Staffordshire’s lovebirds to look when they cook this Valentine’s Day.
"It is very easy to become distracted whilst cooking, especially on a special occasion but it is very important to look while you cook."
Head of Risk Reduction, Glynn Luznyj
Statistics show that over half of all house fires start in the kitchen, many of which could be avoided if people followed safety advice.
Head of Risk Reduction, Glynn Luznyj said: "A lot of people celebrating Valentine’s Day are likely to go for the more economical option of cooking at home however the same safety advice still needs to be followed in the kitchen.
"It is very easy to become distracted whilst cooking, especially on a special occasion but it is very important to look while you cook. Stay in the kitchen until you have finished cooking and ensure all appliances are turned off when you have finished using them.
"If you’re using candles to set the mood make sure they are in suitable candle holders and are not too close to any combustible materials such as curtains.
"Candles should be placed on a flat and stable surface and if you use tea lights they need to be on a heat-resistant surface such as a ceramic plate. Don’t be tempted to put candles on top of the TV and ensure you extinguish the candles properly before going to bed."
Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service will be re-launching their cooking campaign next month which features posters entitled ‘Look When You Cook.’
Keep yourself, your Valentine and all your belongings safe by following a few simple rules for candle safety:
• Never leave candles burning unattended - always extinguish candles when you leave the room or when you go to sleep.
• Keep candles away from combustible materials such as curtains, blinds, books, paper, clothing, decorations or plants.
• Keep candles out of reach from children and pets.
• Set candles up on a stable surface in non-tip sturdy holders that are big enough to catch dripping wax.
• Don’t cook after drinking alcohol and avoid consumption of alcohol whilst cooking.
• Don’t take risks by tackling a fire. Get out, stay out and dial 999.
• In the event of a fire, have an escape route in place. Turn off the ignition source if it is safe to do so, close the door then get out.
• Make sure you have working smoke alarms on every level of your home by pushing the button every week.