Don’t let flipping pancakes lead to fire

Pancake Day fire warning

Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Service (HWFRS) wants people to enjoy risk-free pancakes on Shrove Tuesday.

Fat and chip pan fires can be devastating with a high proportion resulting in injuries.

Fire safety may not be at the forefront of people’s minds when cooking up a pancake but Emma Roberts, HWFRS Head of Prevention, is urging residents of Herefordshire and Worcestershire to take care.

Emma said: “Making pancakes can be lots of fun for the whole family.

“However, over half of all accidental fires in the home start in the kitchen so please take care, especially when cooking with hot oil.

And when you have finished cooking make sure that all the appliances are turned off and the cooking area is clear.”

HWFRS offers the following safety tips:

When using a frying pan or cooking with hot oil, remember:

  • Never leave the pan unattended when the heat is switched on
  • Do NOT move the pan if it is on fire!

If the pan does catch fire:

  • Don’t take any risks. Turn off the heat if it is safe to do so. Never throw water over it.
  • Don’t tackle the fire yourself.
  • Get out, stay out and call 999.

Working smoke alarms will greatly increase your chances of escaping unharmed.

Have an escape plan and follow it – know exactly which way you will leave your home and where you will go. Also:

  • Test your smoke alarms every week and install at least one on every level of your home
  • Change the battery every year (unless it’s a 10-year alarm)
  • Clean it out properly at least twice every year by vacuuming the inside.

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