Cooking Fire Safety

Cooking accidents can happen even with the greatest of care.  If it happens to you stay calm and follow these steps.

Tips for cooking

  • Use an extinguisher or fire blanket within your kitchen if you are confident in doing so and it is safe although the best advice is leave it alone and no not move the pan.

  • Never throw water over a fire as it could create a fireball.

  • Turn off the heat but only if it's safe to do so – do not put yourself in further danger.

  • Leave the kitchen closing the door behind you, warn anyone else in the home then get out and call 999.

Deep Fat Fryers

  • The good old chip pan, found in many a kitchen throughout the UK. 

  • There are many safer alternatives now in place of the chip pan and oil such as electronic fryers but if you still want to cook this way ensure care is taken when doing so as hot oil can easily overheat and catch fire.

  • Never fill a pan more than a third full of fat or oil.

  • Make sure food is dry before putting it in hot oil as water and hot oil do not mix well.

  • If the oil starts to smoke, then it is too hot so turn off the heat and allow to cool down.

  • Keep the cooker and any extractor fans clean as a build up of grease can cause a fire should it get too hot.

Number 1 tip for cooking - never cook whilst drinking or after a night out.  Its much easier to fall asleep under the influence of alcohol.

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