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01 February 2018

Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service top tips for a safe Pancake Day!

Cumbria Fire & Rescue Service is offering some cooking safety tips ahead of Pancake Day.

Traditionally Shrove Tuesday marks the beginning of Lent, when many people throughout the country make pancakes, before they begin a 40 day fast.  When you are distracted by the image of a delicious, warm pancake sprinkled with lemon juice and sugar, fire safety may not be at the forefront of your mind!  However, accidental fires caused by cooking with oil or frying can be devastating, with a very high proportion of such fires resulting in injury.

Home Accident Reduction Team Leader Catherine Moody of Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service, said:

“Making pancakes can be lots of fun for the whole family and they certainly can be delicious.  However, over half of all accidental fires in the home start in the kitchen so please take care, especially when cooking with hot oil. And when you have finished cooking, make sure that all the appliances are turned off and the cooking area is clear.”

Catherine also offers the following safety tips:

  • 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.

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

  • Test your smoke alarms regularly.
  • 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 a FREE safe and well visit from Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service call 0800 358 4777 or register for a visit via the website.

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Cumbria Fire & Rescue Service is offering some cooking safety tips ahead of Pancake Day.