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05 February 2016

Stay safe in the kitchen this Pancake Day

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Many families will be reaching for the frying pan to make pancakes on Shrove Tuesday and Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service want people to add a special ingredient to the traditional mixture of eggs, flour and milk - fire safety!

When you’re sprinkling lemon juice and sugar on your pancakes, fire safety is probably the last thing on your mind. 

But fat and chip pan fires can be devastating, with a very high proportion of fires resulting in injuries. Overheated oil in pans, deep fat fryers or dirty ovens and grill pans, along with unattended cooking, are the main causes of cooking fires. 

Councillor Barry Doughty, Cumbria County Council Cabinet member for Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service, said: "Making pancakes can be fun for all the family and we want everyone to be safe this Pancake Day (9th February). More than half of all accidental fires in the home start in the kitchen so please take care, especially when cooking with hot oil.”

Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service are offering the following safety tips to help stay safe:

When using a frying pan or cooking with hot oil, remember:

  • Never leave the pan unattended when the heat is switched on.

  • Do NOT move the pan if it is on fire!

If the pan does catch 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.

When you have finished cooking, make sure all the appliances are turned off and the cooking area is clear.

A working smoke alarm will greatly increase your chances of escaping unharmed.  Have a plan and follow it - know exactly which way you will leave your home and know where you will go.

Stay alive, stay safe, and make sure your smoke alarms work properly:

  • Test your smoke alarms at least monthly month

  • Change the battery every year (unless it's a 10-year alarm)

  • Clean it out properly at least twice every year, by vacuuming the inside.

For further advice on fire safety, visit www.facebook.com/firekills or contact Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service on 0800 358 4777

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Many families will be reaching for the frying pan to make pancakes on Shrove Tuesday and Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service want people to add a special ingredient to the traditional mixture of eggs, flour and milk � fire safety!