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Cooking Safety

Cooking Safety

Cooking Safety

Cooking Safety

There are several things you can do to prevent fires in the kitchen. Make sure you don’t get distracted when you are cooking, and:  
  • Take pans off the heat or turn the heat down if you’re called away from the cooker, e.g. by a phone call;
  • Take care if you’re wearing loose clothing as it can catch fire easily;
  • Don’t cook if you have been drinking alcohol or taken medicine or drugs – you may get drowsy or lose concentration.

Stove and toaster safety

You can prevent fires when using an stove or a toaster by following these simple tips:  
  • Turn pots so the handles don’t stick out over the edge of the stove.
  • Double check that the stove is off when you have finished cooking.
  • Make sure towels aren’t hanging over the stove and don’t put oven mits on top of a hot oven.
  • Keep the oven, stove and grill clean – built-up fat and bits of food can start a fire.
  • Check that the toaster is clean and well away from curtains and empty the crumb tray regularly.

Cooking with oil

You need to be especially careful when you are deep-fat frying or cooking with oil because hot oil can catch fire easily.  
  • Don’t fill a frying pan or other deep-fat fryer more than one-third full of oil.
  • Use a thermostat-controlled deep fryer, which will make sure the fat doesn’t get too hot.

Dealing with a fire in your kitchen

If a pan catches fire in your kitchen:  
  • Don’t move it because it will be very hot;
  • Turn off the heat if it’s safe to do so – don’t lean over the pan to reach the controls;
  • Don’t use a fire extinguisher on a pan of oil because the force of the extinguisher can spread the fire;
  • Never use water on oil fires as this will cause a fireball;
  • Get out, stay out and call 911.

If an electrical appliance catches fire, don’t throw water on it. If it is safe to do so, you may be able to put out the fire immediately by:

  • Pulling the appliance’s plug out;
  • Switching off the power at the fuse box.
  • If the fire doesn’t go out, get out of the house, stay out and call 911.