Staff promoting fire safety

Cooking safety

  • When cooking, take care if you're wearing loose clothing as it can easily catch fire.
  • Keep electrical leads, tea towels and cloths away from the cooker and hob.
  • Never leave children alone in the kitchen.
  • Keep matches, lighters and saucepan handles where children can't reach them, and fit a safety catch on the oven door.
  • Keep the oven, hob, toaster and grill clean - a build-up of fat, crumbs or grease can easily catch fire.
  • Don't use matches or lighters to light gas cookers - spark devices, which you can buy from hardware stores, are safer.
  • Don't leave pans on the hob when you're not around. Take them off the heat if you have to leave the kitchen.
  • Angle saucepan handles so they don't stick out from the hob, or over a naked flame.
  • Don't put anything that is made of metal or is metallic inside the microwave.
  • When you have finished cooking, make sure you switch off the oven and hob.
  • Consider the installation of heat alarms or Stoveguard (an alarm that fits to electric hobs and scans it for excessive heat and smoke), both conforming to the relevant BSEN standards and positioned as per manufacturer’s instruction.

Deep-frying food

  • If you regularly deep-fry food, consider buying an electric deep-fat fryer. They have thermostats fitted so they can't overheat and are safer to use.
  • Dry food before putting it into hot oil, to prevent the oil from splashing and burning you.
  • If you don't have an electric deep-fat fryer and are using an ordinary pan, never fill it more than one-third full.
  • If the oil starts to smoke, it's too hot. Turn the heat off and leave it to cool.
  • If the oil catches fire, turn off the hob only if it’s safe to do so. Wet a towel and place over the pan. However we’d advice leaving the property and calling 999
    Never throw water onto oil that’s on fire, this will only make the fire spread quicker

You can download our Stay Safe in the kitchen flyer here.

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