10 Cooking Fire Safety Tips for Shrove Tuesday
Take a look at our top 10 cooking fire safety tips for this Shrove Tuesday.
1. Never let children do the cooking
Pancakes are fun to make, so naturally your kids will want to get involved. Never leave them unattended in the kitchen, and make sure they’re aware of what to do if something goes wrong.
If you’re assigning jobs, let them do the mixing, you can do the flipping.
2. Check that you have a fire blanket
This is even more important if your kids are getting involved – you’ll be passing on good habits to them, and you can explain to them how you use the blanket.
3. Never leave the pan unattended
If a hazard occurs, you need to be in the room to eliminate it. Likewise, if a fire breaks out, you’ll need to be in the room so that you can tackle it before it spreads.
4. Never put mix in the pan if the oil begins to smoke
If this happens, the pan is too hot. Turn off the heat and wait for the pan to cool down before you begin.
5. Hold the pan correctly
The pan’s handle should be turned away from the hob, and away from you, so it is facing the sideboard. This will prevent you from accidentally knocking the pan. It will also protect your hand, and the pan handle, from the heat source.
6. Keep the oven, hob, pan and surfaces clean
Spillages could catch fire, and could help spread a fire. Make sure you clean as you go wiping up any spillages. You should also take care to throw away packaging. If packaging touches the hob it could ignite, or if a fire breaks out, this too could help to spread it.
7. Wear short sleeves
This way you won’t have to worry about long, hanging sleeves catching fire
8. Turn heat off when you’re done
When you’ve finished cooking, turn off the heat and take the frying pan off the hob.
9. If your pan catches fire
DO NOT MOVE IT. DO NOT THROW WATER ON IT.
Do either of these, and you’ll just be making a bad situation worse.
If it’s safe to do so, turn off the heat source. You can try to fight small fires with a fire blanket or wet chemical fire extinguisher. If you don’t have either of these, or the fire is too big, exit the property (closing the door behind you) and call 999.
10. Have a smoke alarm fitted
If something does go wrong and you’re not in the room, the smoke detector will tell you.
Make sure that you test the smoke detector before you begin cooking. You can do this by pressing the test button and waiting for the beep.
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