Pancake Day Fire Safety Tips

Today is Pancake Day or otherwise known as Shrove Tuesday. If you are going to be cooking delicious pancakes today make sure that you follow some simple fire safety tips to make sure the day does not go up in smoke.

–          Never leave the stove unattended, not even for a minute.

–          Make sure that the fat in the pan does not smoke. If it does, remove it from the heat and wait for it to cool before adding your pancake mixture.

–          Make sure that all tea towels and oven gloves are well away from the stove.

–          Supervise children at all times.

–          Ensure that your smoke alarms and heat alarm are in good working order. If you do not have smoke alarms fitted, fit one today. Early warning of a fire could save your life.

–          If the pan catches fire DO NOT move it. If safe to do so, turn off the cooker and use a fire blanket or ‘dry’ water mist extinguisher if you have one.

–          If it is not safe to extinguish the fire, evacuate the building and call the fire brigade.

Knowing how you would evacuate your home in the event of a fire will help increase your chances of escaping a fire. If you have children, talk them through the escape plan and practice what you want them to do.

Common causes of domestic fires

Electrical appliances and kitchen related items are often the main source for domestic fires in the UK.

Electrical fires
Electricity is used to power just about everything in today’s modern home. However, plugging your television, games console and mobile phones into one socket is simply asking for trouble.  Overloading the socket will cause the cables to overheat which will damage the insulation over time. The best way to avoid electrical fires is by not overloading plug sockets and keeping the use of extension packs to an absolute minimum.

Kitchen fires
Kitchen fires are without doubt the most common cause of domestic fires. With electricity, fats, gas, wood and a number of chemicals to be found in your kitchen, you need to make sure you take every precaution possible to minimise the chances of a fire occurring. Never overheat or overfill chip pans (having a deep fat fryer with a thermostat is even better). Furthermore, avoid storing oily or chemical stained rags under the sink; instead wash them thoroughly or keep them outside. Along with heat alarms, fire blankets and ABF fire extinguishers are an essential purchase for any kitchen as they can enable you to quickly deal with any small fires that might flare up on hobs and grill pans.

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