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.

Cooking safely 

  • Make sure saucepan handles don't stick out - so they don't get knocked off the stove.

  • Please don’t leave items on hobs as this can cause a fire.

  • Take care if you're wearing loose clothing - it can easily catch fire.

  • Keep tea towels and cloths away from the cooker and hob. Make sure they are completely clear - animals can and do accidentally turn them on.

  • 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.

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.

Leaflets - cooking safety advice


Last updated: Tuesday, 5 December 2023