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Be flippin’ careful!

Created on Tuesday, February 28th, 2017
by Darren Corke

Making pancakes can be lots of fun for the whole family, especially the kids. And let’s be honest – they are absolutely delicious!

red-summer-fruits-pancakesHowever, over half of all accidental fires in the home start in the kitchen.

As the resident health and safety officer here at Derwent Living, I’ve put together a few safety tips for you to consider:

  • Make sure saucepan handles do not stick out, especially with young children around, as they can easily get knocked off the hob and cause an injury.
  • Never leave cooking unattended, even leaving a pan for a split second can cause devastation if your cooking overheats and catches fire.
  • Take care when cooking with oil, it can overheat very easily. If it starts to smoke, it’s too hot. Turn off the heat and leave to cool.
  • Never leave children unattended in the kitchen – hot pans and oil are a recipe for disaster.
  • Do NOT move the pan if it is on fire!
  • Keep tea towels and cloths away from the cooker.
  • Double check the cooker and hob are off when you’ve finished cooking.
  • NEVER use water to extinguish an oil fire. Turn the heat off if it’s safe to do so and shut the door on the fire. Get everyone out, stay out and call 999.

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