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   Cook safely from Cumbria Fire & Rescue Service    29 June, 2017

Following the basic steps can prevent an accidental cooking fire within the home:

  • Take extra care if you need to leave the kitchen whilst cooking; take pans off the heat or turn them down to avoid risk.
  • Make sure saucepan handles don’t stick out – so they don’t get knocked off the stove.
  • Take care if you’re wearing loose clothing – it can easily catch fire if it comes into contact with naked flames.
  • Keep tea towels, oven gloves and cloths away from the cooker and hob.
  • Spark devices are a safer option than lighters or matches to light gas cookers because they don’t have a naked flame.
  • Double check the cooker is off when you’ve finished cooking.
  • Avoid leaving children in the kitchen alone when cooking on the hob. Keep matches secure at all times and remember the saucepan handles are out of their reach to keep them safe.

Take care with electrics:

  • Keep electrics (leads and cables) away from water.
  • Check toasters are clean and placed away from curtains and kitchen rolls. Before using, pull them out from under the cupboard during use.
  • Keep the oven, hob and grill clean and in a good working order. A build-up of fat and grease can ignite a fire.

Deep fat frying:

  • Take care when cooking with hot oil – it sets alight easily.
  • Make sure food is dry before putting it in the 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 thermostatically 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’s safe to do so. NEVER throw water onto it.
  • Don’t tackle the fire yourself.
  • Get out, Stay out and call 999.

Outside cooking:

  • Follow the safety instructions provided with a disposable BBQ. NEVER use a BBQ indoors.
  • Never leave a BBQ unattended.
  • Make sure your BBQ is well away from sheds, fences, trees, shrubs or any garden waste.
  • Only use enough charcoal to cover the base of your BBQ, but not more (usually 5cms or 2inches).
  • Keep children, pets and garden games away from the cooking area.
  • After cooking make sure the BBQ is cool before moving it.
  • Empty ashes onto bare soil, not into dustbins or wheelie bins. If they are still hot they can melt the plastic and cause a fire.
  • Enjoy yourself, but don’t drink too much alcohol if you are in charge of a BBQ.
  • Keep a bucket of water, sand or a garden hose nearby for any emergencies.
  • NEVER use petrol or paraffin to start or revive your BBQ; use only recognised lighters and starter fuels on cold coals.

Gas BBQ:

  • Store gas cylinders outside away from direct sunlight and frost.
  • Take care when turning bottled gas on and off.
  • Make sure the tap is turned off before changing the gas cylinder.
  • After cooking, turn the gas supply off first and then the BBQ control. This will stop any gas from leaking.
  • If you suspect a leak, turn off the gas cylinder and try brushing some soapy water around all joints, watching for bubbles.
  • Make sure all joints are safe and secure.
  • Change gas cylinders outdoors or in a well ventilated area.
  • NEVER use a BBQ indoors for providing a heat source.
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