Second kitchen fire within a week prompts reminder to never leave cooking unattended

Second kitchen fire within a week prompts reminder to never leave cooking unattended

Second kitchen fire within a week prompts reminder to never leave cooking unattended

Keep an eye on the kitchen

Firefighters are urging people to keep an eye on their kitchen after a second house fire caused by unattended cooking in a week.


Local fireman Grant Haywood said “…the house fires broke out in two different areas of the city, both of which were cooking related. This follows a fire in Napier which broke out after oil caught fire in a pan after it was left unattended


“It reminds us how easy it is to get distracted while cooking and how quickly it can lead to devastating fires” Grant Haywood said. Fires can be fatal when they break out in the kitchen of a house, whether it is a small kitchen, a large kitchen or even an external kitchen. If you are distracted or forget to be in front of the stove, hotplate, oven or any other open area of your kitchen while cooking, you can cause fires which can get out of control.


“It’s also worth checking that the smoke detectors are working,” Grant Haywood said. Residents said every house in Nelson had a working smoke detector because they were so close to the fire they could smell the smoke And they got out. Working smoke detectors save lives, and that says a lot, but it is also a reminder to check whether smoke detectors are present in your home, especially in the kitchen and other open areas of your home.


Check if it works, press the button and give your baby an early warning of a fire if possible.


It is also important to draw up an escape plan so that you can get out quickly and safely. This could save your life, so you know how crucial it is that you prepare yourself. You don’t want to find yourself trapped in a scorching inferno without a way to get away. Smoking in bed is the leading cause of accidental fires in the bedroom. Actually, cigarettes are the biggest cause of fatal fires.


What should you do to avoid this happening to you?

Below is the offical advice from the government of Australia.

  • Never smoke in bed, when you’re tired, or when taking medication that may make you drowsy.
  • Never smoke in a house after consuming alcohol. (yeah right)
  • Use large, heavy, non-tip ashtrays and always place them on flat stable services; never use your lap or a couch cushion.
  • Use child resistant lighters and matches and keep them out of the reach of children.
  • Douse smoking materials with water when you’re done smoking.
  • Refrain from smoking in your house altogether and do not allow others to smoke in your home. Best of all, consider quitting smoking to decrease the risk of fire and improve your health.


Number of Deaths from Cigarette Related Fires by Jurisdiction / Financial Year

2000/01 2001/02 2002/03 2003/04 2004/05 2005/06

Total Australian Capital Territory 3 1 0 1 0 0 5

New South Wales 3 3 5 2 0 0 13

Northern Territory 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Queensland* 1 0 1 0 0 0 2

South Australia 1 0 0 0 0 0 1

Tasmania 4 1 2 0 0 0 7

Victoria 8 7 7 4 8 0 34

Western Australia 0 3 0 0 2 0 5

Total 20 15 15 7 10 0 67

Footnotes * QLD data not available for 1 July 2000 – 31 December 2000. Searches were based upon coded data and keyword searches of attached documents. Due to a backlog in document attachment for some jurisdictions, along with the fact that the coding of information may for the most part only be completed once the Coroner has finished his/her investigation, it is highly likely that there will be a degree of under-representation (especially for 2003/04, 20)



67 deaths over 5 years from fires started from a lit cigarette. Makes you think…