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Cooking accidents causing 15 electrical fires every day in Britain’s kitchens

24th July 2019
Posted by Aston Avery

Almost five and a half thousand electrical fires involving food and the misuse of electrical appliances were reported in British domestic kitchens last year – the equivalent of 15 every single day – a consumer protection Charity can reveal.

Electrical Safety First, the UK’s leading electrical safety charity, analysed data from the Home Office, Stats Wales and the Scottish and Northern Irish Fire and Rescue Services and discovered that a staggering 7,067 accidental fires resulting from appliance misuse in the kitchen last year, contributing to around 72 casualties or fatalities each month across the country.  And over three quarters of these (5,442) were caused by cooking appliances or equipment, with food being the first item ignited – the equivalent of nearly 15 every single day.

Aston spoke to Rosemary Shrager, celebrity chef, former ladette to lady judge and I’m Celebrity Get Out Of Here! contestant from 2012 and Phil Buckle, chief executive at electrical safety first to explain more and offer tips and advice to prevent electrical fires from happening whilst in a kitchen.