Give food a thought... being careless in the kitchen can cost lives.
60 per cent of house fires start in the kitchen - help us to keep you and your family safe by watching our campaign videos and reading our essential guide below.
Don't get distracted whilst cooking - watch the video to see how easy it is...
Cookers and microwaves
- Keep electrical leads, tea towels and cloths away from your cooker
- Keep your oven, hob and grill clean. A build up of fat and grease can easily catch fire
- Don't put anything metallic, such as cutlery or tin cans inside the microwave
- Never put a sponge or dishcloth in the microwave to sterilise it - it could catch fire
- Take care if you are wearing loose clothing whilst cooking with gas - this can easily catch fire
- Keep electrical leads and appliances away from water
- Check the toaster is clean and away from curtains and kitchen rolls
- Turn off electrical appliances when they are not being used and service them regularly
- Don't overload sockets - only use one plug in each socket
- If you have to use more than one plug per socket, use a fused adaptor and keep the total output to no more than 13 amps
Frying food/chip pans
- Remember any type of pan can catch fire - this includes a wok, a grill or a frying pan
- When deep frying, always dry the food before you put it in the oil
- Never fill a pan more than one-third full of oil. If the oil starts to smoke, it's too hot - turn off the heat and leave it to cool down
- Swap your chip pan for an electric deep fat fryer - thermostatically controlled electrical deep fat fryers that plug into the wall are much safer to use
Watch the video and see how dangerous a chip pan fire can be...
If your pan catches fire:
- Don't panic and don't take risks
- Don't move the pan
- Never throw water or use a fire extinguisher on a hot fat fire
- If it's safe to do so - turn off the heat, but never lean over the pan to reach the controls
- Leave the kitchen, close the door behind you, tell everyone else in the home to get out and don't go back inside for any reason
- Call 999
Finally…Remember a working smoke alarm will give you those precious seconds to escape.
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