FIRE chiefs have been warning of the dangers of a hot hob as the school summer holidays are now in full swing.

Whether they are lending a hand or simply seeking a snack, bosses have said it is important youngsters know about kitchen hazards.

As part of the ‘Fire Kills’ campaign, Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service is asking parents and carers to make any kitchen activities a chance for kids to learn this summer.

Keith Brooks, head of fire prevention and protection, said: “From bake-offs to barbecues, there are lots of creative ways to teach kids about cooking fire safety this summer.

“And, it’s absolutely vital that they know what to do if the worst should happen.

“So alongside the melting, mixing and making, why not take the chance to pass on your fire safety knowhow? Test your smoke alarm as part of the activity.

And remember, never leave a child alone with a hot hob, and help keep them safe by moving matches and saucepan handles out of their reach.”

Distractions while cooking is a main cause of fire call-outs across the country.

Keith added: “Half of all accidental fires in the home start in the kitchen - often because of distractions like phone calls or family. So whatever happens elsewhere in the house, always make sure you have one eye on the hob or oven.

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