How safe is your kitchen? Research, carried out by Richard Greenwood, owner of oven valeting firm Ovenu Leeds has found that there is a year-on-year decrease in the number of domestic kitchen fires over the last three years, with 594 and 643 reported in 2015 and 2014. It has also been the case for cooking appliance-related fires, with 489 reported in 2015, a slight decrease from the 499 caused in 2014.
However, the Leeds business owner has issued a warning to homeowners after research has revealed that there were 552 domestic kitchen fires within the West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service over the last year. The research found that of these fires 424 were caused as a direct result of a cooking appliance.
Commenting on the findings Richard Greenwood said, “While the figures show a year-on-year decrease over the last three years, there have still been in excess of 1,700 kitchen fires with more than 1,400 of these caused by cooking appliances throughout the region since 2014. This is simply not good enough and more needs to be done to raise awareness of the risks associated with cooking appliances and equipment. Human error is just one of the potential causes of a fire in the kitchen or within the home, but in some cases, it may be that ageing appliances need to be serviced or given a thorough clean.”
This research concludes how important it is to keep kitchens and cooking appliances clean and properly maintained to prevent disasters.
Richard added: “Hopefully there will be a significant decrease in the years to come, and we can eliminate these potentially life-threatening kitchen fires.”Ovenu | ovenuleedsnorthwest.net