March 4 is Shrove Tuesday is Pancake Day
24th February 2014
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Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue Service realise that fire safety may not be at the forefront of your mind, when you have the temptation of a tasty pancake, sprinkled with lemon juice and sugar in front of you. But it is important to keep an eye on the pan as well as the pancakes!


Top Tips

  • Never leave any cooking or kitchen appliances unattended. It only takes a few seconds for an unattended pan or cooker to ignite and develop into a serious and life threatening fire.
  • If the pan does catch fire, do not move the pan
  • Never put the food in the pan if the oil begins to give off smoke Keep the oven, hob and grill clean, a build-up of fat and grease can catch fire.
  • Keep tea towels and cloths away from the cooker and hob, take care if you’re wearing loose clothing.
  • Do not leave saucepan handles sticking out to avoid them getting knocked off the stove.
  • Use spark devices to light gas cookers as they are safer than matches and lighters as they don’t have a naked flame.


If the pan does catch 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.


Smoke alarms

A working smoke alarm will greatly increase your chances of escaping unharmed.  Have an escape plan and follow it - know exactly which way you will leave the house, and know where you will go.


Stay alive, stay safe, and make sure the alarm works properly;

  • Test your smoke alarm(s) regularly
  •  Change the battery every year (unless it's a 10 year alarm)
  • Clean it out properly at least twice every year, by vacuuming the inside.
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