Set hearts on fire this Valentine’s Day – not your home

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service is issuing a reminder to amorous residents: set their heart on fire, not your home!

We know that when you’re cooking a romantic meal, drinking champagne and setting the mood with candles, that fire safety will be the last thing on your mind.  However, with over 50 per cent of fires starting in the kitchen, it’s all too easy to get distracted with love in the air.

To help keep the one you love safe this Valentine’s Night, our firefighters have devised a list of top safety tips;

Cooking safely –

  • Make sure you don’t get distracted when cooking, even if you are called away for a short period of time, always turn off the cooker
  • Turn saucepans so the handles don’t stick out over the edge of the hob or over another ring. Make sure tea-towels aren’t hanging over the cooker and don’t put oven gloves on top of a hot cooker
  • Keep anything that can catch fire – potholders, oven mitts, wooden utensils, paper or plastic bags, food packaging, towels, or curtains – away from your cooker top
  • Most importantly – double check that the cooker is off when you have finished cooking

Candle safety –

Candles are best placed:

  • On a heat-resistant surface – be especially careful with night lights and tea lights, which get hot enough to melt plastic
  • In a proper candle holder, so they don’t fall over
  • Out of draughts and away from curtains, other fabrics or furniture, which could catch fire
  • Away from clothes and hair – if there’s any chance you could forget a candle is there and lean across it, put it somewhere else

And remember to love your smoke alarm. Having a working smoking alarm will greatly increase your chances of escaping from a fire unharmed. So don’t forget to push your smoke alarms’ buttons and let them know how much they mean to you.

Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Services, Community Fire Safety and Arson Manager, Moreno Francioso said: “A romantic meal is a great way to mark Valentine’s Day, but isn’t without its risks. Cooking is the biggest cause of accidental fires in the home, so we’re asking people to take care and not get distracted in the kitchen. Keep your romantic evening for two, without us gate-crashing by staying safe and following our advice.”

Warwickshire County Councillor Howard Roberts, Portfolio Holder for Fire and Community Safety added: “Unprotected flames are one of the biggest causes of domestic fires, so if you’re sharing an evening with a special someone, keep them safe by cooking safely and taking care with candles. It’s also good practice to test your smoke alarms each month. If you haven’t got one, why not get one today and help protect the ones you love!”

For more information about keeping safe when celebrating visit warwickshire.gov.uk/celebratesafely