Tips for over-65s to prevent fire in kitchens

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PENSIONERS were given a cookery lesson – by firefighters.

Green Watch dropped into the Laburnum Centre in Bognor to talk to Age UK members about how to reduce the risk of kitchen fires.

Recent fire service figures revealed around two-thirds of accidental house fires in West Sussex start in the kitchen, with many caused by careless or unattended cooking.

Green Watch manager Jon Etherington said: ‘This statistic is a real concern for us. We know that just the smallest lapse of concentration can have devastating consequences, especially for some of our older generation who may be more vulnerable to injury from fire.

‘We are always trying to find engaging ways to promote safer cooking habits.

‘The talk covered a range of safety advice including not leaving pans unattended, getting into the habit of switching off appliances, cooking safely with oil, as well as the importance of testing smoke alarms regularly and making an escape plan in case a fire breaks out.’