Today is Shrove Tuesday, which also became known as Pancake Day as a result of people making pancakes to use up rich foods, like eggs, milk and sugar, before 40 days of fasting during Lent.
If you’ll be making pancakes today, Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service (NFRS) is sharing some vital fire safety advice to help you stay safe while flipping.
More than half of all accidental fires in the home start in the kitchen, and fires caused by cooking with oil or frying can cause serious injury, so NFRS is urging all pancake fans to take extra care, especially when cooking with hot oil.
Pancake Day cooking 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
When you’ve 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 an escape plan and follow it - know exactly which way you will leave your home and know where you will go.
Stay safe, and make sure your smoke alarms work properly:
- 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 further advice on fire safety take a look at our safety pages or contact NFRS on 01604 797000.