Kitchen Safety

Watch What you Heat

Fires that occur in the kitchen account for more than half (59%) of accidental dwelling fires.

Incidents such as these have considerable consequences leading to the damage and loss of property, personal injuries and in some cases the loss of life.

To avoid these circumstances we ask you to Watch What You Heat, some simple advice to keep you safe whilst cooking.

  • Make sure you don’t get distracted when you are cooking
  • Take pans off the heat or turn the heat down if you're called away from cooking.
  • Take care if you’re wearing loose clothing as it can catch fire easily
  • Avoid cooking if you have been drinking alcohol or taken prescription drugs - you may get drowsy or lose concentration


Cooking With Oil

You need to be especially careful when you are deep-fat frying or cooking with oil because hot oil can catch fire easily. Make sure you:

  • Use a thermostat-controlled deep-fat fryer, which will make sure the fat doesn’t get too hot
  • Don’t fill a chip pan or other deep-fat fryer more than one-third full of oil
  • If a pan catches fire never use water on it as this will cause a fireball
  • Never tackle a pan fire yourself
  • Get out, stay out and call 999

Be safe in the kitchen Watch What You Heat

Click the links below to download our Watch what you Heat Kitchen safety poster and leaflet

Kitchen Safety A4 Poster
Kitchen Safety A5 Leaflet