Kitchen Safety

Kitchen fires account for nearly two thirds of accidental fires at home, but many can be very 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 if the cooker’s in use
  • double check the cooker is off when you’ve finished
  • don’t cook if you’ve been drinking alcohol or taken medication that makes you drowsy

Deep Fat Frying

  • use a thermostat-controlled deep fat fryer – they stop the fat 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.

Kitchen Electrics

  • keep appliances and leads away from water
  • keep toasters clean and away from curtains and kitchen rolls
  • don’t use a toaster under a cupboard or close to a wall
  • keep the oven, hob and grill clean and in good working order – grease can ignite a fire