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In the Kitchen

How to cook safely

Avoid leaving children in the kitchen alone when cooking on the hob.
Keep matches and sauce pan handles out of reach to keep them safe.

  • Don't cook after drinking alcohol.
  • Take extra care if you need to leave the kitchen whilst cooking, take pans off the heat or turn them down to avoid risk.
  • Make sure saucepan handles don't stick out - so they don't get knocked off the stove.
  • Take care if you're wearing loose clothing - they can easily catch fire.
  • Spark devices are safer than matches or lighters to light gas cookers, because they don't have a naked flame.
  • Double check your cooker is off when you have finished cooking.

Take care with electrics

  • Keep electrics (leads and appliances) away from water.
  • Check toasters are clean and placed away from curtains and kitchen rolls.
  • Keep the oven, hob and grill clean and in good working order. A build up of fat and grease can ignite a fire.

Don't put anything metal in the microwave.

Cooking with hot oil

  • Take care when cooking with hot oil - it sets alight easily.
  • Don't overfill a chip pan with oil - never fill it more than one-third full.
  • Make sure food is dry before putting it in hot oil so it doesn't splash.
  • If the oil starts to smoke it is too hot. Turn off the heat and leave it to cool.
  • Use a thermostat controlled electric deep fat fryer. They can't overheat.

What to do if a pan catches fire

  • Don't take any risks. Turn off the heat if it's safe to do so. Never throw water over it.
  • Don't tackle the fire yourself. Get out, stay out and call 999.

The video below shows the dangers of adding water to a cooking oil fire.


Find out more in our press release Safety First In The Kitchen This Summer

Keep hot pots and pans out of the reach of children at the back of the cooker.

Be careful not to put metal into a micrwave oven, check food packaging is microwave safe before putting it in.

Never add water to hot cooking oil, or throw water over a cooking oil fire. Turn down the heat if it is safe to do so, don't tackle the fire yourself, call 999.

Be very careful with water near electrical sockets and appliances in the kitchen.