Safety tips to avoid a fire:
- NEVER leave cooking unattended.
- Be very careful when wearing loose clothing, i.e. make sure head scarves etc. do not come into contact with a naked flame.
- Take extra care when cooking with oil, as it can easily set alight.
- When cooking with hot oils, do not allow the oil to fill more than one third of a pan.
- If a pan is smoking excessively, turn off the heat.
- Never throw water on a burning pan. Turn off the heat if safe to do so, exit the kitchen and call 999.
- Ensure you have a working smoke alarm on each floor of your home.
- Never cook whilst under the influence of alcohol, drugs or medication that causes drowsiness.
- Keep your kitchen surfaces clean and grease-free and clean extractor hoods and filters regularly. And never leave combustible items such as tea towels and cleaning cloths near to, or on top of, your oven or cooking appliances.
- If you fancy a slice of toast – pull your toaster clear from any shelves so that the heating elements are well ventilated when you make it.
If your clothing catches fire:
If you panic and move about, your clothes could burn faster.
‘Drop’ to the ground, lying down if possible, covering your face with your hands.
Roll on the ground repeatedly to put the fire out