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 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.
Across England on Shrove Tuesday hundreds of people will be cooking and eating pancakes. Pancakes are easy to make and many children will be cooking them themselves.
Cooking pancakes can be a high fire risk, getting distracted with lathering your pancake in your favourite topping could lead to the frying pan being left unattended and to overheat. If there is oil in the frying pan the overheating of the pan could cause the oil to burst into flames. Do you and your children know what to do if this happens?
To stay safe this Shrove Tuesday:
– Always ensure that a responsible person is supervising the cooking of the pancakes.
– Talk to your children and ask them if they know how to put out a fire that is due to overheating oil.
– Make sure your children know the dangers of adding water to a pan of overheating oil. Show them clips on YouTube if you think this would help them understand.
– Check that you have a fire blanket and talk through the process of how to use a fire blanket with all members of your family who are keen pancake cooks.
– Go through the evacuation procedure in your house with all occupants.
– Check that you have smoke alarms fitted and that they are working. Having a working smoke alarm can increase your chances of surviving a fire in your home unharmed.
Enjoy pancake day and stay safe.
Here are some useful links:
Alarm test reminder service