Never Microwave Your Wet Socks: Apartment Fire in Weymouth, United Kingdom

The Dorset Fire and Rescue Service firefighters responded to a kitchen fire and rescued the man from his apartment. A man put two pairs of underwear and socks in his microwave, which ignited his apparel and destroyed the microwave.

Dorset Fire and Rescue’s top tips for staying safe in the kitchen this summer are:

Take care if you need to leave the kitchen whilst cooking. Take pans off the heat or turn them down to avoid risk.

Double check the cooker is off when you’ve finished.

Keep tea towels and cloths away from the cooker and hob.

Avoid leaving children in the kitchen alone when cooking on the hob. Keep matches and saucepan handles out of their reach to keep them safe.

Take care with electrics – leads and appliances away from water and place grills and away from curtains and kitchen rolls.

Keep your equipment clean and in good working order. A build up of fat and grease can ignite a fire.

Don’t cook after drinking alcohol.

Hot oil can catch fire easily – be careful that it doesn’t overheat.

Never throw water on a chip pan fire.

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 (OF COURSE IN THE UNITED STATES IT’S 9-1-1.

Get a smoke alarm and test it weekly.

— Dorset Fire and Rescue Service

The Cardinal wonders if they might add “Don’t use your microwave as a clothes dryer” to their public notice.

Dorset Fire and Rescue Service publishes their own YouTube fire channel including this video of a school fire at Homefield School, Winkton, Dorset

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