Firies urge caution in the kitchen this Winter

This winter, Queensland Fire and Emergency Services are reminding residents to be vigilant in the most fire prone room of the house – the kitchen.

QFES Commissioner Katarina Carroll said while the kitchen is often the heart of the home, unfortunately it is also full of fire hazards.

“This year our firefighters have attended close to 900 house fires across Queensland. That’s approximately five a day,” Ms Carroll said.


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“Almost 50 per cent of these started in the kitchen.”

Ms Carroll said although kitchen fires occurred year-round, they were more common during cooler months.

“So far this winter, there have been 93 kitchen fires in homes, many of which could have been prevented,” she said.

“Kitchen fires can start from seemingly harmless everyday appliances like toasters, microwaves and stoves, and they can have devastating consequences.

“A pot left boiling on the stove unattended, can spark, and potentially create a blaze to spread throughout the house within minutes.”

Ms Carroll said there were plenty of ways to reduce fire risk while working in the kitchen.

“Never leave cooking unattended and always supervise children in the kitchen,” she said.

“Do not use water to extinguish fat or oil fires; always clear away food crumbs and scraps from cooking appliances after use and keep electrical appliances away from water and open flames.”

Residents have also been urged to ensure their smoke alarms are checked regularly.