The return of the Great British Bake Off is all set to cook up a sharp increase in insurance claims for kitchen disasters.
The number of cooking-related fires in the UK typically more than doubles when the hit show airs, as Britons rush to try a little home baking themselves.
New research from insurer Zurich shows a 114 per cent rise in baking blazes during past airing of the series, now broadcast by Channel 4, at an average cost of more than £11,000 each.
Accidental damage claims for mishaps such as ruined work tops and smashed hobs also rise by 40 per cent, costing on average £1,700 a time.
The Great British Bake Off, hosted by Paul Hollywood, inspires amateur bakers across the country to perfect their skills, but too many get their fingers burnt.
Zurich home insurance expert Phil Ost said: “The Great British Bake Off has created a nation of home bakers and this should not be discouraged, but some are risking much more than a soggy bottom.”
Your household insurance policy should give you financial protection against bungled baking attempts, but also check that you have accidental damage cover, too, which is typically sold as an add-on for an extra premium.
Basic errors are behind many of the insurance claims, Ost said, including leaving cooking unattended, failing to turn off the hob after use, or keeping tea towels and cloths too close to the oven.
“Remember to clean off fat and grease from the hob after, as this can also spark a fire.”