Always remember to ‘Watch what you heat’:
- make sure you don’t get distracted when you’re cooking
- take pans off the heat, or turn the heat down, if you need to leave the kitchen
- make sure handles don’t stick out, so pans don’t get knocked off the hob
- take care if you’re wearing loose clothing, which can easily catch fire, and keep tea towels and cloths a safe distance away from the cooker
- never leave children alone in the kitchen
- double-check the cooker is off when you’ve finished
- don’t cook if you’ve been drinking alcohol or if you've taken medication that makes you drowsy.
Deep fat frying
- use a thermostat-controlled deep-fat fryer – they stop the fat from getting too hot
- don’t fill a chip pan or other deep-fat fryer more than one-third full of oil
- make sure food is dry before you put it in hot oil, to avoid it splashing
- if a pan catches fire, never use water on it – it will cause a fireball
- never tackle a pan fire yourself
- Get out, stay out and call 999.