FIRE chiefs are concerned that during the summer holidays, more children in Tenbury and the Teme Valley will be in the kitchen.

But whether they're lending a hand or simply seeking a snack, it's important to make sure that they know the hazards of a hot hob, say fire chiefs.

So as part of the Fire Kills campaign, Hereford and Worcester Fire and Rescue Service is asking parents and carers to make any kitchen activities a chance for kids to learn this summer.

"From bake-offs to barbecues, there are lots of creative ways to teach kids about cooking fire safety this summer,” said area commander Mark Preece.

"So alongside the melting, mixing and making, why not take the chance to pass on your fire safety knowhow?

"Test your smoke alarms as part of the activity. Remember, never leave a child alone with a hot hob, and help keep them safe by moving matches and saucepan handles out of their reach."

Children don't have to be in the kitchen to change the way people work in the summer - distraction while cooking is a main cause of fire call-outs right across the country.

"Half of all accidental fires in the home start in the kitchen - often because of distractions like phone calls or family,” added Mark Preece.

“So whatever happens elsewhere in the house, always make sure you have one eye on the hob or oven.”

The fire service says that, if a blaze starts, the best advice is to get out, stay out and call 999. Everyone in the house should also know the best escape routes.