SGIO Says Western Australians Households Risk Fire When Cooking Is Unattended

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Year on year we find that people still leave cooking unattended and the danger is that kitchen fires can spread quickly, often jumping to curtains or cupboards in a matter of seconds.

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half of people surveyed admitted to stepping away from a hot stove to surf the net

Many West Australians are too relaxed about the risk of kitchen fires according to a new survey from SGIO Home Insurance.

The research revealed that more than half of people surveyed admitted to stepping away from a hot stove to surf the net, do housework or watch TV*.

SGIO spokesperson Rob Cory said that with house fires peaking in winter, SGIO was reminding WA households where blazes commonly started and how easily they could spread.

‘One in three WA house fire claims lodged with SGIO in 2009 (32 per cent) started in the kitchen and most were as a result of cooking left unattended,’ he said**.

‘Year on year we find that people still leave cooking unattended and the danger is that kitchen fires can spread quickly, often jumping to curtains or cupboards in a matter of seconds.’

‘This year we looked closer at what distracts us from the stove and found we’re either getting caught up in other things because we’re busy or simply being too relaxed about the risks.’

An SGIO Home Insurance survey of 500 WA households found that in addition to cooking dinner on the stove:

  • nearly 70 per cent of people step away to watch TV;
  • around 60 per cent of people squeeze in some housework while cooking; and
  • more than 55 per cent are surfing the internet while food cooks on the stove.

To help prevent and be ready for a home fire, SGIO recommends that households:

  • stay in the kitchen while cooking is on the stove;
  • smoke alarms are an essential precaution and should be tested monthly (change batteries at least once a year if required);
  • have an evacuation plan and make sure everyone in the house knows and practices it;
  • keep a fire extinguisher and fire blanket at hand near the kitchen;
  • never use water to put out a cooking oil fire – water will only ignite the oil:
  • don’t key-lock deadlocks on doors when at home in case you need to leave in a hurry;
  • call 000 immediately if a fire breaks out that can’t be safely and quickly controlled.

For more information on how to make your home safer visit http://www.sgio.com.au/homesafety

  • Survey of 500 WA homes by Pure Profile Research for SGIO in February 2010. **SGIO home claims 2005-09.

SGIO is a leading insurance provider, offering Home Insurance, Car Insurance, Motorcycle Insurance, Travel Insurance, Business Insurance, Boat Insurance, Health Insurance and Caravan Insurance in Western Australia.

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