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Unattended cooking leading fire cause

  • Distractions in the kitchen cause fires

By: CFA Media

Category: Community Safety

  4.40 PM 24 September, 2014

Location: General

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Unattended cooking has been identified as the leading cause of preventable house fires for the second winter in a row, prompting CFA to call on residents to take more care in the kitchen.

Nearly a quarter of all fires classed as ‘preventable’ were caused by cooking left unsupervised, as shown by the latest statistics for Victoria for June to August.

Statewide, the total number of preventable home fires was 804 from June to August.

Preventable fires are an ongoing worry for CFA firefighters who see again and again their impact on families and property.

While an ‘it will never happen to me’ mindset is common for most community members, the newly released statistics show that fires are less rare than most people would think.

Preventing a fire comes down to being aware of the small mistakes that cause fires - including common distractions in the kitchen - and simple actionsthat help prevent fires, such as setting a timer for any cookng on the stove. e

A recent campaign has been encouraging people to make a ‘safe mistake’ on the internet in place of a mistake at home that could cause a fire.

The ‘Safe Mistake Zone’ campaign has reached almost 4 million people on social media alone.

This years’ campaign has seen CFA taking a very different approach, and hoping that - as well as enjoying and sharing some of the light hearted posts on social media – Victorians have taken on board some of the serious messages.

While staying conscious that house fire safety messages are relevant all year round, fire agencies mainly use the winter months to reach out to the community about home fire safety.

A V/Line train featuring ‘Safe Mistake Zone’ messages is travelling across regional Victoria until the end of November.

Last Updated: 24 September 2014