ATTENTION: Fires Reported in Halls
Recently, there have been multiple dangerous oil fires in accommodation. It is extremely important to keep not only yourself safe, but your peers safe too while you're in accommodation.
That's why you need to be aware of what can cause a hazard in your bedroom and kitchen that can cause a fire.
To keep yourself and others safe, follow these safety tips:
- Never leave cooking unattended
- Keep your oven, hob and grill clean - a build-up of fat and grease can easily catch fire
- Don't put anything metallic inside the microwave
- Always keep your cooking appliances in the kitchen where the plug sockets are wired with the correct voltage
- Do not shallow fry food when possible, instead use the oven to eliminate the possibility of starting a fire
- Keep fire doors shut at all times
- Don't tamper with smoke detectors or fire fighting equipment
- Always know where your evacuation routes and assembly points are located
*In the case that you are cooking and find you have used too much oil and allowed it to get too hot and it catches fire, DO NOT use water to put out the oil/grease fire. This is the WORST thing you can do and can cause the fire to grow out of control. Instead, you should turn off the heat (do not move the pan off the burner) and cover the pan with a metal lid. Do not use a glass lid as it may shatter.
*As you have been informed not to use this form of cooking, should you continue to do so and a fire starts, the student cooking will be responsible for the cost of the repair to any damage that is caused to a kitchen - this can go into hundreds of pounds.
Please keep in mind that the following items are BANNED in Accommodation:
- Cooking appliances in the bedroom (kettles, toasters, etc)
- Candles, joss sticks and oil burners
- Smoking equipment (bongs, shisha, ashtrays, etc)
- Electric, oil and halogen heaters/fan
- Mini fridge freezers
- Ceremonial knives
- Deep fat-fryers and chip pans (banned in bedrooms and kitchens)
*Any students found using banned items may be subject to disciplinary action (this may also include loud stereo system speakers, tv equipment and musical instruments).
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