Cooking safely in foodie February
It’s all about food and cooking this February and we want to make sure that everyone enjoys the month safety.
Children across the region will be on half term this month and may be spending more time in the kitchen, families will be enjoying pancakes for Shrove Tuesday, February 13, and some couples will be enjoying romantic home-cooked meals for Valentine's Day on February 14.
With all these events taking place in February we are urging everyone to think safety first when cooking to ensure your culinary delights don’t turn into a disaster.
How to cook safely
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.
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.
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.
If the oil in a pan starts to smoke - it's too hot. Turn off the heat and leave it to cool.
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.
This safety advice should be followed all year round, not just on those foodie February days.
Statistically most fires in the home start in the kitchen. In 2017 firefighters were called to 165 fires where the ignition source was cooking related.
More safety advice
Please use the following links for more information on how to stay safe while cooking:
Last updated: Tuesday 27 February 2018