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07 September 2017

Baking disasters spark insurance claims

NCHA's insurers, Zurich, tell us that claims go up when the Great British Bake Off is on air.

According to the latest newsletter from Zurich, "cooking-related fires soar by 114% during the period when the Bake Off is on air."

Phil Ost, Director of Direct Distribution at Zurich, says: “The Great British Bake Off is an institution; it has created a nation of bakers and this should not be discouraged. That said, the kitchen can sometimes be a recipe for disaster and, for aspiring pastry chefs, it’s vital to ensure you have the right cover and protect your kitchen against potential damage. At the end of the day, a soggy bottom is better than a burnt one and a lighter wallet!”

At NCHA we have recently been encouraging our tenants to think carefully about fire safety, producing a leaflet which has been distributed to all our tenants and residents. You can find the leaflet and further fire safety advice at: www.ncha.org.uk/keepfiresafe

Zurich's top tips to stay safe in the kitchen:

  • Never leave your cooking unattended and ensure someone always has an eye on your rising bakes
  • Check that the hob and cooker are fully turned off after use and avoid burnt buns
  • Keep tea towels and cloths a safe distance away from the cooker
  • Clean off fat and grease from the hob – which can spark a fire

If a pan catches fire:

  • Don’t try to tackle the blaze yourself 
  • Turn off the heat if you can do so safely
  • Never throw water on the fire – this can make it bigger
  • If you have a safety fire blanket, use this to keep the fire under control
  • Get everyone out of the room, shut the door and call 999