One of the dangers of a fire can be toxic fumes from burning materials.
Chemicals used to fight the fire can also contain toxic materials.
The heat from a fire can cause bacteria in food to multiply and grow so:
- throw out any food that has been near a fire, including food in cans and jars even if it appears okay
any raw food, or food in packaging such as cardboard, plastic wrap, screw-topped jars and bottles should also be thrown out
- throw out food from a refrigerator as the refrigerator seal isn’t airtight, fumes can get inside
- wash cooking utensils exposed to fire-fighting chemicals in soapy hot water, then sanitise in 1 tablespoon of chlorine bleach per 2 litres of water and rinse.