NRMA Insurance in Queensland has found that people are generally not taking the risk of leaving cooking unattended seriously. Home cooks are stepping away from a hot stove to multi-task, surf the net, do housework or help the kids with homework. This is according to a survey of more than 2500 Australian households by Pure Profile Research in February 2010.
NRMA Insurance spokesperson Sue Hawkins said claims research from 2005 to 2009 showed one in three Queensland house fires continued to start in the kitchen, most as a result of cooking left unattended, “Kitchen fires have the potential to spread quickly, often jumping to curtains or cupboards in a matter of seconds. Year on year we find people are still leaving cooking unattended. 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.”
An NRMA Insurance survey of more than 500 Queensland residents found that in addition to cooking dinner on the stove:
· nearly 70 per cent step away to watch TV;
· more than 40 per cent squeeze in some housework;
· more than 50 per cent surf the Internet; and
· nearly 50 per cent help their kids with homework.
NRMA Insurance recommends that in order to prevent and be ready for a home fire, households should:
· Remain in the kitchen while cooking is on the stove.
· Get a free Safehome visit from the Queensland Fire & Rescue Service (phone 1300 369 003)
· Install smoke alarm(s) and test monthly. If you have battery-operated alarms, change the batteries at least once a year.
· 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.
· Phone 000 immediately if a fire does break out that cannot be safely and quickly controlled.

NRMA Insurance suggests less multi-tasking in the kitchen could prevent home firesNRMA Insurance in Queensland has found that people are generally not taking the risk of leaving cooking unattended seriously. Home cooks are stepping away from a hot stove to multi-task, surf the net, do housework or help the kids with homework. This is according to a survey of more than 2500 Australian households by Pure Profile Research in February 2010.NRMA Insurance spokesperson Sue Hawkins said claims research from 2005 to 2009 showed one in three Queensland house fires continued to start in the kitchen, most as a result of cooking left unattended, “Kitchen fires have the potential to spread quickly, often jumping to curtains or cupboards in a matter of seconds. Year on year we find people are still leaving cooking unattended. 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.”An NRMA Insurance survey of more than 500 Queensland residents found that in addition to cooking dinner on the stove:· nearly 70 per cent step away to watch TV;· more than 40 per cent squeeze in some housework;· more than 50 per cent surf the Internet; and· nearly 50 per cent help their kids with homework.NRMA Insurance recommends that in order to prevent and be ready for a home fire, households should:· Remain in the kitchen while cooking is on the stove.· Get a free Safehome visit from the Queensland Fire & Rescue Service (phone 1300 369 003)· Install smoke alarm(s) and test monthly. If you have battery-operated alarms, change the batteries at least once a year.· 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.· Phone 000 immediately if a fire does break out that cannot be safely and quickly controlled.

By | 2010-09-08T16:10:41+00:00 September 8th, 2010|Home Insurance, Insurance Information|