This Pancake Day Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service is encouraging you to add fire safety to the list of pancake ingredients.
Traditionally Shrove Tuesday marks the beginning of Lent, when hundreds of people throughout the country make pancakes, before they begin a 40 day fast. When you are distracted by the thought of a delicious, warm pancake sprinkled with lemon juice and sugar, fire safety may not be at the forefront of your mind - however, fat and chip pan fires can be devastating, with a very high proportion of fires resulting in injuries.
Andy Tucker, Risk Manager for Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service (CFRS) said: “Making pancakes can be lots of fun for the whole family and they certainly can be delicious. However, over 50% of all accidental fires in the home start in the kitchen so please take care, especially when cooking with hot oil.”
CFRS 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, and diall 999.
Andy continued: “And when you have finished cooking, make sure that 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 the house, and know where you will go. For further advice on fire safety visit www.facebook.com/firekills or contact your local fire station.