Cooking related fires soar by 114 per cent during Great British Bake Off
Home insurance experts Zurich have found a 114 per cent increase in claims for cooking related fires whilst the Great British Bake Off airs.
The GBBO is inspiring amateur bakers across the country, but this has led to smoke in the kitchen as Brits perfect their Paul Hollywood showstoppers. Zurich’s claims analysis has also discovered a 40 per cent increase in accidental kitchen damage when GBBO airs, from ruined work tops to smashed hobs
For fans whose efforts to recreate the pastry perfection seen on screen go flat, the average cost of repairs is more than £11,000 for burnt baking attempts and almost £1,700 for kitchen accidents.
Phil Ost, Zurich home insurance expert said:“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!”