Kitchen safety

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Can you spot ten dangers in this kitchen? Roll your mouse over the image to locate the dangers.

 
Curtain resting on toaster
 
Toaster wire in sink
 
Matches in reach of children
 
Iron left on board
 
Pan handles sticking out
 
Hot coffee cups on edge of work surface
 
Ball and scooter on floor
 
Too many plugs in socket with wires all trailing
 
Wires trailing across floor
 
Trailing wire from kettle

Did you spot them all?

  • Curtain resting on toaster
  • Toaster wire in sink
  • Matches in reach of children
  • Iron left on board
  • Pan handles sticking out
  • Hot coffee cups on edge of work surface
  • Ball and scooter on floor
  • Too many plugs in socket with wires all trailing
  • Wires trailing across floor
  • Trailing wire from kettle

Please note: This safety advice is offered as guidance only. If in doubt, Get out, Stay out and get the Fire and Rescue Service out!

Prevention is key. A fire can destroy a tent in less than 60 seconds. Avoid using naked flames inside tents.

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A recipe for a safe kitchen

Overheated oil or fat in chip pans, deep fat fryers or grill pans are the main cause of kitchen fires.

A moment’s distraction and you could find yourself with a serious fire.

Did you know:

  • A third of all deep frying injuries occur between 10pm and 4am
  • Be extra careful if you fancy chips in the middle of the night
  • And don't do it if you've been drinking
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Safe cooking

  • Never fill a pan more than one third full of oil or fat
  • Never leave the pan or grill unattended, when the heat is switched on
  • Never put food in a chip pan if the oil begins to smoke. Turn off the heat and leave the oil to cool, otherwise it can catch fire
  • Clean hobs regularly to prevent a build up of fat which can catch fire
  • Drinking alcohol and cooking is a mix that can end up in disaster
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If a pan catches fire

  • Do not move it - it could cause burns which last a lifetime
  • Turn off the heat if it is safe to do so - but never lean over the pan to reach the cooker controls
  • Never throw water on it - this will make it worse
  • Close the kitchen door on your way out

Call the Fire and Rescue Service - we are professionals and have the protective clothing and equipment to tackle the fire safely.

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Chip pan fires

Chip Pan Fires cause the largest number of fire related injuries in the home.

There are two main causes of chip pan fires:

  • The oil or fat overheats and catches fire
  • The oil or fat spills onto the cooker either because the pan has been filled too high or because wet chips are put in the hot oil causing it to bubble up and overflow

Follow these simple guidelines to fry food safety:

  • Never fill the pan more than a third full with fat or oil
  • Never leave the pan unattended with heat on - even for a few seconds
  • Dry the chips before putting them in the pan
  • Never put the chips in the pan if the oil begins to give off smoke. Turn off the heat and leave the oil to cool, otherwise it could catch fire

If your chip pan does catch fire

  • Don't panic
  • Do not move the pan
  • Turn off the heat if it is safe to do so - but never lean over the pan to reach the cooker controls
  • Close the door to the room
  • Ensure all members of the family leave the home
  • Telephone the Fire and Rescue Service and do not go back inside

Further information

Community Fire Safety

Telephone: 01743 260 200