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Canberrans have more cooking fires in Winter?

By johnboy - 14 June 2011 7

Simon Corbell has today launched a winter fire prevention campaign.

Intriguingly is focusses on how to avoid kitchen fires.

People don’t cook in summer?

The 2011 Winter Home Fire Safety campaign, developed by the ACT Fire Brigade in partnership with NRMA Insurance, will run for 1 month and include radio, press, internet advertisements and promotional wooden spoons featuring the key message ‘Don’t stop looking while you’re cooking’.

This will be reinforced with a range of helpful advice on the ACT Fire Brigade website www.firebrigade.act.gov.au including:

• Do not leave the stove unattended whilst cooking;
• Wipe up spills on the stove and oven as grease build up can increase the risk of fire;
• Make sure pot handles are facing inwards;
• Do not wear loose clothing whilst cooking especially with gas cook tops;
• If a pot or pan catches fire put a lid on it to smother the fire. Do not use water on a fire in the kitchen as it can spread the fire, instead use afire blanket or an approved fire extinguisher; and
• Never carry a pot on fire. You could spill the contents, which could spread the fire or cause you to be burnt.

We’re fascinated to see where the internet advertisements turn up.

What’s Your opinion?


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7 Responses to
Canberrans have more cooking fires in Winter?
Antagonist 7:39 am 15 Jun 11

breda said :

Antagonist, please explain. I have a box of bicarb in my kitchen – what should I do if a pan on the stove bursts into flames?

Dry powder fire extinguishers are filled with either bicarbonate of soda or ammonium phosphate. Should be self explanatory now. Far more useful than a wooden spoon, no?

breda 11:33 pm 14 Jun 11

Antagonist, please explain. I have a box of bicarb in my kitchen – what should I do if a pan on the stove bursts into flames?

Antagonist 5:33 pm 14 Jun 11

A box of bi-carb would be cheaper and more useful. Unless people need paddles for when they are up the proverbial creek.

breda 5:18 pm 14 Jun 11

WOODEN spoons for an anti-fires in kitchens campaign!

I think that most kitchen fires come from fat catching fire – the unattended chip pan is especially dangerous. Presumably people do more frying and deep frying in the colder months.

Surely an important message is that every kitchen needs a fire extinguisher (you can get small ones for domestic use) in easy reach.

trevar 4:52 pm 14 Jun 11

They’re concerned about fires, so they’re giving away wooden spoons? And here I was thinking wood was a combustible material… I suppose I needn’t be so careful…

neanderthalsis 4:04 pm 14 Jun 11

p1 said :

Perhaps people cook more stews and soups in winter, and leave them unattended longer? Or because in summer the drunk people cook outside at the BBQ with a beer in hand, while in winder they are in the kitchen with a glass of red?

Beware the Bourginon, it’ll burn down ya kitchen…

I’ve never seen a stew spontaneously combust, long cooking times at a low heat are less likely to set your kitchen alight than a hot and fast fry up. I’d have thought the usual “don’t put stuff on your heater” campaign would be trotted out.

p1 3:52 pm 14 Jun 11

Perhaps people cook more stews and soups in winter, and leave them unattended longer? Or because in summer the drunk people cook outside at the BBQ with a beer in hand, while in winder they are in the kitchen with a glass of red?

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