Read the latest safety information about how to protect you, your family and your home from a kitchen-related fire.
- Keep looking when cooking – don’t get distracted
- Take care if you are wearing loose clothing
- Keep tea towels, cloths and other items away from the oven and hob area
- Never leave cooking unattended, if you do need to leave the kitchen whilst cooking, take pans off the heat or turn them down to avoid risk.
- Don’t cook if you’ve been drinking alcohol or taking medication
- Avoid leaving children in the kitchen alone when cooking on the hob. Keep matches and saucepan handles out of their reach to keep them safe.
- Make sure saucepan handles don’t stick out so they don’t get knocked off the stove.
- Double check the cooker is off when you’ve finished cooking.
- Keep the oven, hob and grill clean and in good working order. A build up of fat and grease can ignite a fire.
Take care with electrics
- Keep electrics (leads and appliances) away from water.
- Check toasters are clean and placed away from curtains and kitchen rolls.
- Deep fat frying
- Take care when cooking with hot oil – it sets alight easily.
- Make sure food is dry before putting it in hot oil so it doesn’t splash.
- If the oil starts to smoke – it’s too hot. Turn off the heat and leave it to cool.
- Use a thermostat-controlled electric deep fat fryer. They can’t overheat.
What to do if a pan catches fire:
Don’t take any risks, turn off the heat if it is safe to do so, place a fire blanket over the pan and leave the pan to cool down. Never throw water over a pan with oil in it.
If there is any doubt, don’t tackle the fire yourself – Get Out, Stay Out, Call 999.