Kitchens: Fire safety

Take extra care if you need to leave the kitchen whislt cooking, take pans off the heat or turn them down to avoid risk.

Avoid cooking when under the influence of alcohol.

Avoid leaving children in the kitchen alone when cooking on the hob. Keep matches and saucepan handles out of their reach to keep them safe.

Make sure saucepan handles don't stick out - so they don't get knocked off the stove.

Take care if you're wearing loose clothing - they can easily catch fire.

Keep tea towels and cloths away from the cooker and hob.

Spark devices are safer than matches or lighters to light gasc ookers, because they don't have a naked flame.

Double check the cooker is off  when you've finished cooking.

Take care with electrics  

Keep electrics (leads and appliances) away from water.

Check toasters areclean and placed away from curtains and kitchen rolls.

Keep the oven, hob and grill clean and in good working order. A build up of fat and grease can ignite a fire.

Don't put anything metal in the microwave!

Deep Fat Frying

Take care when cooking with hot oil - it sets alight easily.

Make sure food is dry before putting it in hot oil so it doesn't splash.

If the oil starts to smoke - it's too hot. Turn off the heat and leave it to cool.

Use a thermostat controlled electric deep fat fryer. They can't overheat.

What to do if a pan catches fire:

Don't take any risks. Turn off the heat if it's safe to do so. Never throw water over it.

Don't tackle the fire yourself.