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More fires and fire injuries are caused by carelessness in the kitchen than anywhere else in the home.
- Avoid leaving cooking unattended
- If you have to leave the kitchen whilst cooking, it’s safer to take pans off the heat and turn off the hob and/or grill
- Don’t cook if you are tired, have been drinking alcohol or taking medication that might make you drowsy
- Loose clothing can easily catch fire – take care not to lean over a hot hob and keep tea towels and cloths away from the cooker and hob
- Keep the oven, hob, cooker hood and grill clean, and in good working order
- A build-up of fat and grease can ignite and cause a fire
- Use spark devices to light gas cookers
- Double check the cooker and hob are turned off when you’ve finished cooking
- Check toasters are clean and not placed under kitchen cabinets or close to anything that can catch fire.
If a pan catches fire
- Don’t tackle the fire yourself and don’t attempt to move the pan
- Turn off the heat if it is safe to do so
- Never throw water over a fire as it could create a fireball
- Leave the room, close the door, shout a warning to others and call the fire brigade by dialling 999.
Deep fat frying
- Take extra care when cooking with hot oil as it can easily overheat and catch fire
- Never fill a pan more than one third full of fat or oil
- Make sure food is dry before putting in hot oil
- If the oil starts to smoke, it’s too hot. Turn off the heat and leave it to cool
- Use an electronic deep fat fryer if possible – they have automatic temperature controls
- Never use a barbeque (BBQ) including disposable, indoors or on a balcony
- Position your BBQ on level ground and keep it well away from anything that may catch fire (sheds, fences, trees, tents etc)
- Never use petrol, paraffin or biofuel to get the BBQ going or revive it
- Never take a BBQ into a tent, awning, caravan or motorhome. Even when cooling it will give off poisonous carbon monoxide fumes which can kill.