Cooking Safety

Your Kitchen Can KillOver half of accidental fires in the home start in the kitchen.

To help keep you and your family safe, follow our top cooking safety tips:

  • Stand by your pan – take pans off the heat and turn off the hob and/or grill if you have to leave the kitchen while cooking
  • Back to Stay Safe and CelebrateChuck out your chip pan – it could save your life. Every year they cause over 8000 fires, 3000 injuries and 30 deaths nationally – there is simply no need for it. Find out more about deep frying safety
  • Keep your cooker and grill pan clean – burnt food and fat can and does cause fires
  • Don’t drink and fry – fires start when you fall asleep whilst cooking food
  • Ensure pan handles don’t stick out – so they don’t get knocked off the stove
  • Turn pan handles to the back of the hob, away from other gas burners/electric rings
  • Never leave children alone in the kitchen and fit a child safety catch to the oven door
  • Don’t wear loose clothing when cooking – they can easily catch fire
  • Use a spark device to light gas cookers as this is safer than using matches or lighters
  • Keep tea towels and cloths away from your cooker and hob
  • Make sure the oven, hob and grill is turned off when you have finished cooking

Maintenance Advice

  • Keep your oven, hob, grill and microwave clean – a build-up of fat and grease can easily catch fire.
  • Keep your toaster clean, free of crumbs and away from curtains, kitchen rolls and anything else that could catch fire.

Microwave Safety

  • Never put anything metallic inside your microwave.
  • Never attempt to sterilise dish cloths or sponges by heating them in the microwave.

If a pan catches fire in your kitchen

  • Don’t move it as it will be very hot.
  • Don’t take any risks. 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 through water over it.
  • get out, stay out and call 999.

Useful Links

Kitchen Safety Week
Home Safety – gov.uk