Essex Fire Service is urging people to be flipping careful with pancakes today.
The authority says half of all house fires are caused by cooking ingredients – and everyone should follow basic safety tips in the kitchen.
They also wants distractions kept to a minimum – and children always supervised.
Here are the safety tips from the fire service;
Your child might be a dab hand at flipping pancakes… but don’t treat them like a top chef and leave them alone with the pan!
Don’t leave the hob on inbetween eating your pancakes. It might save you the time to re-heat the pan, but it could quickly develop into a fire if unattended.
Keep all materials – including tea towels, cloths and kitchen roll – well away from the cooking area. If you’re wearing loose clothing, take extra care.
If the oil in the pan starts to smoke, it’s too hot and potentially about to ignite. Turn the gas down and avoid burning your meal!
If you’re not the best cook, your smoke alarm might let you know… but make sure it’s in good working order. Push the button to test it before you start cooking.
If the pan does ignite, don’t try to pour water on it or take any risks: get out, stay out and call the fire service out.
For more information about keeping safe from fire in your home, visit our website: www.essex-fire.gov.uk/Home_Fire_Safety/