Keeping safe in the Kitchen

Thu 15 February 2018

There are a number of events taking place throughout February that may encourage individuals and families to spend more time in the kitchen. Half term baking with the kids, mounds of delicious pancakes on Pancake Day, and, not forgetting a romantic meal for your loved ones on Valentine’s day.

With all of this culinary excitement this February, we’re encouraging people to take a moment to think about their safety in the Kitchen. Given the number of electrical appliances in the kitchen, as well as flammable oils, naked flames and multiple heat sources, it is not surprising that the kitchen is the single most dangerous place in your home.

With more than 50% of all home fires starting in the kitchen we should ask if we give this area of home safety as much thought as we ought to?

Follow our simple steps below to ensure you and your loved ones are kept safe year-round:

Cooking Safely

  • Make sure saucepan handles are not sticking out where they could get knocked off
  • Keep tea towels and cloths away from the cooker and hob and take care not to wear loose clothing around any heat source as it can easily catch fire
  • Avoid leaving children in the kitchen alone when cooking
  • Take care if you need to leave the kitchen whilst cooking, take pans off the heat or turn them down to avoid risk
  • Keep the oven, hob and grill clean and in good working order. A build up of fat and grease can ignite a fire
  • If cooking with hot oil, make sure food is dry before putting it in, so it doesn't splash
  • If the oil starts to smoke - it's too hot. Turn off the heat and leave it to cool
  • Double check the cooker is off when you've finished cooking
  • NEVER put water on a pan fire or hot oil
  • If a pan does catch fire, don’t take any unnecessary risks. Get out, stay out and call 999

For further advice on cooking safety, contact your local Fire and Rescue Service. Some fire and rescue services offer a Home Fire Risk Check where they can visit to help you install smoke alarms, plan escape routes and assess other hazards.

You can help support firefighters in your local area by playing the Firefighters 100 Lottery. Tickets start from just £1 per week, there are 3 guaranteed cash winners each and every week and over 50% of ticket sales goes to supporting firefighters.

 

Be extra flippin’ careful this Pancake Day

Tue 13 February 2018

Traditionally, Shrove Tuesday marks the beginning of Lent and many people will be marking the day by eating delicious pancakes topped with their favourite treat.

Making them can be lots of fun for the whole family however, it’s important to remember that over half of all accidental fires in the home start in the kitchen so it’s really important to ensure you stay safe especially when cooking with hot oil.

Safety Advice

When using a frying pan or cooking with hot oil remember:

  • Never leave the pan unattended when the heat is on
  • Supervise children at all times in the kitchen
  • Never put food in the pan if the oil begins to give off smoke
  • Keep tea towel and cloths away from the cooker and hob and take care if you’re wearing loose clothing
  • Test your smoke alarm before you start cooking
  • When you have finished cooking, make sure the appliances are turned off and the cooking area is clear

If your pan catches fire:

  • Do NOT move the pan if it is on fire
  • Turn off the heat (but only if it is safe to do so – do not take unnecessary risks)
  • NEVER throw water on a pan fire
  • Don’t tackle the fire yourself
  • Get out, stay out and call 999

For further advice on cooking safety, contact your local Fire and rescue Service. Some fire and rescue services offer a Home Fire Risk Check where they can visit to help you install smoke alarms, plan escape routes and assess other hazards.

You can help support firefighters in your local area by playing the Firefighters 100 Lottery.

Tickets start from just £1 per week, there are 3 guaranteed cash winners each and every week and over 50% of ticket sales goes directly towards helping firefighters.