According to the UK’s National Fire Chiefs Council (NFCC) July is Cooking Fire Safety month and with this summer’s heat wave in full swing, fire safety with regard to barbeques and outdoor cooking is a real concern.
However, the potential danger from cooking fires is not limited to outdoors. Fires from cooking appliances cause over 50 per cent of all accidental home fires in England. The 2016/17 fire statistics show that there were 16 deaths and more than 2,300 non-fatal casualties because of cooking fires in the home.
Cooking fire safety covers a range of issues, from leaving it unattended through to electrical issues, but now that the children are on school holidays, parents and carers need to take extra care in the kitchen and be aware that children may be a distraction when cooking. It is important to avoid leaving children in the kitchen alone when cooking on the hob, keep matches and saucepan handles out of their reach and make sure saucepan handles don’t stick out – so they don’t get knocked off the stove.
Other cooking fire safety tips include:
Having suitable detection devices is key to fire safety but smoke alarms are not recommended for areas too close to kitchen appliances, as this may result in false alarms. The CAVIUS Thermal Heat Alarm therefore, is a game changer and an essential addition to any home as it has been designed to detect fast, flaming fires in areas not suitable for installing smoke alarms such as in the kitchen, garage, workshop or utility room.
Using state of the art technology, the CAVIUS Thermal Heat Alarm monitors normal and expected changes in the ambient room temperature. The device is activated in two ways, firstly when it senses a rapid increase in room temperature, or when it detects a smouldering but developing flaming fire using a fixed temperature setting. The piercing alarm which sounds has been designed to give more time to react and respond or evacuate the home.
The 40mm CAVIUS Thermal Heat Alarm comes fitted with a 10-year long-life battery and in common with all CAVIUS alarm devices, has a 30-day low battery warning.
In 2010, CAVIUS introduced the world´s original smallest photoelectric smoke alarm, which is about the size of golf ball. Today CAVIUS offers a complete range of smoke, heat, flood, and CO alarms, all communicating wirelessly. The range brings unrivalled communication between wireless battery-operated alarms and mains powered alarms.