Pancake Day is a great opportunity to cook for ourselves, family and friends but being only once a year perhaps we don’t take as much care as we should?
Kristie Burdett, Norfolk Fire & Rescue’s Community Safety Manager suggests – Batter safe than sorry this Pancake Day! We all enjoy entertaining our family and children with our pancake tossing skills but this is a great time to involve them in some fire safety activity. Rather than pointing out the dangers maybe you could ask them to show you? We always advise that you fit, regularly test and care for your smoke alarms but don’t forget to discuss and practise a safe escape route with everyone who lives in the home. Smoke detectors do save lives with early warning but we need you to get out quickly and safely should the worst happen.
Some fire safety help -
- Try not to use too much oil.
- Never leave the pan unattended, especially if young children are with you in the kitchen
- Keep handles away from the edge of the cooker
- Keep tea towels, cloths and paper towels away from any cooking flame/heat
- Never throw water onto a pan containing hot oil or fat if it did catch fire
- Turn off the heat, if safe to do so
- Get out, close the door, stay out and call 999
More fires and fire related injuries are caused in the kitchen than anywhere else in the home. Of 436 accidental fires in the home across Norfolk last year, 252 were as a result of cooking appliances, this accounts for over 57% of all our emergency responses to accidental home fires.
"I spy with my little eye,
My owner flipped this pancake up into the sky,
I like to be noticed,
but this is not the best way,
To test I'm working correctly on this Tuesday!"