Kitchen safety

Kitchen fires account for nearly two-thirds of accidental fires at home, but many can be easily avoided.



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.
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