Cooking

Read the latest safety information about how to protect you, your family and your home from a kitchen-related fire. 
  • Keep looking when cooking – don’t get distracted


  • Take care if you are wearing loose clothing


  • Keep tea towels, cloths and other items away from the oven and hob area
 
  • Never leave cooking unattended, if you do need to leave the kitchen whilst cooking, take pans off the heat or turn them down to avoid risk. 
  • Don’t cook if you’ve been drinking alcohol or taking medication
  • Avoid leaving children in the kitchen alone when cooking on the hob. Keep matches and saucepan handles out of their reach to keep them safe.
  • Make sure saucepan handles don’t stick out so they don’t get knocked off the stove.
  • Double check the cooker is off when you’ve finished cooking.
  • Keep the oven, hob and grill clean and in good working order. A build up of fat and grease can ignite a fire.

Take care with electrics

  • Keep electrics (leads and appliances) away from water.
  • Check toasters are clean and placed away from curtains and kitchen rolls.

Deep fat frying

  • Take care when cooking with hot oil – it sets alight easily.
  • Make sure food is dry before putting it in hot oil so it doesn’t splash.
  • If the oil starts to smoke – it’s 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 is safe to do so. Never throw water over it.
  • Don’t tackle the fire yourself – Get Out, Stay Out, Call 999.