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Make it a World Cup to remember, not one you would rather forget

As World Cup fever grips the nation, Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service would like to urge residents to play it safe and pass on our safety tips to your friends and family.

We are urging football fans to avoid cooking when they’ve had a drink as the results can be devastating or even fatal. The worst result this World Cup would be to lose someone in a fire that could have been avoided.

More than half of accidental fires at home are started by cooking. So please take a look at the safety tips below on how to defend yourself in the kitchen during the World Cup:

  • If you need to leave the kitchen while cooking, take pans off the heat or turn them down to avoid risk.
  • Double check the hob is off when you’ve finished cooking.
  • Keep tea towels and cloths away from the cooker and hob.
  • Take care if you’re wearing loose clothing – as they can easily catch fire.
  • Avoid leaving children in the kitchen alone when cooking. Keep matches and saucepan handles out of their reach.
  • Take care with electrics - keep leads and appliances away from water and place grills and toasters away from curtains and kitchen roll.
  • Keep your appliances clean and in good working order, a build-up of fat and grease can ignite a fire.
  • Hot oil can catch fire easily - be careful that it doesn’t overheat.
  • Never throw water on a chip pan fire.

Hosting a BBQ to kick off the World Cup? remember:

  • Keep a bucket of water, sand or a garden hose nearby for emergencies.
  • Always follow the safety instructions provided with disposable BBQs.
  • Never use petrol or paraffin to start or revive your barbecue; use only recognised lighters or starter fuels on coal.
  • Make sure your BBQ is kept well away from sheds, fences, trees, shrubs or garden waste, long dry grass or any other items that catch fire easily.
  • Empty ashes onto bare garden soil, not into dustbins or wheelie bins. If they’re hot, they can melt the plastic and start a fire.
  • Protect your squad from injury this World Cup and never use or take a smouldering or lit BBQ (charcoal or gas) into your house, tent or caravan. Even when you have finished using it.

Out with your squad watching the match?

  • Make sure you know how you are getting home.
  • Even if it is the morning after you could still be over the limit.
  • If your mate is the designated driver, don't offer them an alcoholic drink, you can help reduce the number of people who are killed and injured every year by drink driving.
  • Don't accept a lift from a driver you know has been drinking.
  • Feeling peckish? Grab a take away, don’t cook after drinking alcohol.

In the event of a fire, have an escape plan in place. Don’t take risks by tackling a fire. Get out, stay out and call 999.

Make sure you have at least one smoke alarm on every level of your home and test them regularly.

Check out our You Tube channel for some World Cup themed fire safety videos https://bit.ly/2L3hhoX

Throughout the World Cup period crews from across the county will be out and about at local events or holding fire safety events in their local communities, keep up to date with what is happening on our Facebook page @BedsFire.