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Fire agencies warn: Careful with your cooking

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31 May 2010
CFA and MFB came together today to launch their annual winter fire safety campaign – but this time it wasn’t only firefighters delivering the message.

With 30 per cent of house fires starting in the kitchen firefighers were joined by the Hotel Windsor Executive Chef Jérôme Trémoulet to spread the message that ‘kitchen fires start when your attention stops’.

Mr Trémoulet said loss of concentration in the kitchen could be a recipe for disaster.

A series of advertisements highlighting this important message will air on radio and television during winter.

MFB CEO and Chief Officer Graham Fountain said that more house fires start in kitchens than in any other room of the house.

"As a former chef and a firefighter for over 20 years, I know how easily a kitchen fire can start, causing damage to your home, injuries and even death," he said. "The most tragic part is that most of these fires could be easily avoided."

"Fat or cooking oil can reach a temperature where it ignites; so it is important that you are always watching it. Never leave cooking unattended, even for a moment.

CFA Director Community Safety Lisa Sturzenegger said kitchen fires were still the single biggest cause of house fires in Victoria.

"Fire agencies responded to 1245 house fires in Victoria. Of those, 30 per cent started in the kitchen," she said.

"Having a working smoke alarm and a well practised home fire escape plan is one of the best ways to ensure you and your family’s safety."

The campaign launch coincides with the beginning of winter, the busiest season for house fires in Victoria.

For more information and local photo opportunities contact:

CFA Media (03) 5330 3124 MFB Media (03) 9665 4699

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