Cooking safety tips

More than half of accidental fires at home are started by cooking - often when cookers and grills are left unattended.

A few simple measures will keep you and your loved ones safe.

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Cooking safely 

  • 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 - they can easily catch fire

  • Keep tea towels and cloths away from the cooker and hob

  • Double check the cooker is off when you've finished cooking

  • Avoid leaving children in the kitchen alone when cooking on the hob

  • Take care if you need to leave the kitchen whilst cooking, take pans off the heat or turn them down to avoid risk

  • Keep the oven, hob and grill clean and in 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 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.  Never throw water over it.

  • Don't tackle the fire yourself - Get Out, Stay Out, Call 999.

Register your electrical appliances

More than 15,400 fires caused by cookers and white goods in 2015/16 in England,  yet thousands of people are missing out on product safety warnings, because they haven't registered their white goods (like fridges, freezers and washing machines). Please use the following link to register your electrical appliances:

Register your appliance (opens in new window)

You can also check if any of your electrical goods have been recalled:

You can also check if any of your electrical goods have been recalled (opens in new window)

Smoke alarms save lives

Smoke alarms are also an important device that all homes should not be without. These items can be bought quite cheaply from most DIY shops and can literally save lives, so if you haven’t got at least one in your home then please buy one.

Smoke alarms save lives:

  • Test your smoke alarms weekly.

  • Check the packaging for your smoke alarm to make sure it’s still up to date.

  • Make sure there is at least one smoke alarm on every level of your home.

  • Fit smoke alarms on landings and hallways and in rooms which have an electrical appliance, eg a heater, computer, etc.

  • Take a moment to check on your loved ones who may need help to ensure they’re fully protected.

More information about smoke alarms

How safe is your home?

Complete our online home safety check and you will get a personalised fire safety plan, which will offer advice on how to prevent fires in your home.

Do the online home safety check

Safe and well visit

Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service offer a free 'Safe and Well Visit' for people who are aged over 65 and for people who are referred to us by partner agencies because they are considered to be at a particular risk.

Safe and Well Visits incorporate the traditional fire safety information (and smoke alarm fitting), but also offer additional advice on slips, trips, fall prevention and bowel cancer screening.

Book a Safe and Well Visit for over 65's 

More safety tips

Please use the following links for more information on how to stay safe while cooking:

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