Safety in the kitchen

Give food a thought... being careless in the kitchen can cost lives

Most house fires GMFRS is alerted to start in the kitchen so please help us to keep you and your family safe by reading the information below and watching the video. 

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


 If your pan catches fire: 

  • Don't panic and don't take risks
  • Don't move the pan
  • Never throw water or use a water 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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