DID you know 59 per cent of accidental house fires occur in the kitchen?
Many of these fires are started by people not paying attention to their cooking.
Preventing fires in the home is a priority for the Safer Solihull Partnership.
To raise awareness of the issue, Solihull Fire Station has launched a Kitchen Fire Safety Campaign which will run until June.
Officers will be distributing leaflets and posters around the borough giving advice on how to stay safe in the kitchen and avoid fire risks.
Solihull Station Commander John Kemp said: “Most people know what they should and shouldn’t do when cooking, but we can all lose concentration, and be distracted for a critical few moments.
“I would like to remind people to take extra care in the kitchen. If a fire does start, do not take risks - get everyone out of your home and call the fire service.”
This is just one of the Safer Solihull’s initiatives to improve fire safety in the borough.
Last year, fire fighters from Solihull and Bickenhill Fire Stations carried out over 2000 Home Fire Safety Checks. These visits include checking and fitting smoke alarms, and providing fire safety advice to homeowners.
The fire service also run a number of educational programmes in schools about fire safety in the home.
All Solihull schools are offered an educational session for children aged 9-10, delivered by local fire fighters.
The workshop teaches children about how to identify fire risks, how to stay safe in the home and what to do in case of fire.