Cooking Safety

chip pan fire.
  • 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. 
  • Keep tea towels and cloths away from the cooker and hob.  
  • Double check the cooker is off when you’ve finished cooking. 
  • Take care if you need to leave the kitchen whilst cooking, take pans off the heat or turn them down to avoid risk. 
  • Make sure saucepan handles don’t stick out – so they don’t get knocked off the stove. 
  • Keep electrics (leads and appliances) away from water. 
  • Check toasters are clean 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. 
  • 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 is safe to do so.  Never throw water over it. 
  • Don’t tackle the fire yourself – Get Out, Stay Out, Call 999.