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Fire safety guidelines for a safe Shrove Tuesday

Banana on pancake
KFRS issued a few simple tips to keep homes and residents safe from the risk of cooking fires
With many households flipping pancakes on Shrove Tuesday (16 February), the Kent Fire and Rescue Service (KFRS) issued a few simple tips to keep you and your home safe from the risk of cooking fires.

Nearly a third (30.4 percent) of accidental dwelling fires that KFRS attended last year were cooking related.*

Head of Community Safety Stuart Skilton said: "Overheated oil in pans, deep fat fryers or dirty ovens and grill pans along with unattended cooking are the main cause of cooking fires. A moment's distraction, especially if under the influence of alcohol, could find you faced with a serious fire that could take your home or your life. People also risk serious injury as a result of these types of incidents so take our advice and help keep you and your family safe."

Residents can take the following safety measures:

  • Don't leave pans unattended. Take them off the heat if you leave the room. Remember, fire starts when your attention stops
  • Turn saucepan handles so that they don't stick out from the hob
  • Never fill a pan more than one-third full of fat or oil. If the oil starts to smoke, do not begin cooking - remove from the heat and leave it to cool

    If there is a fire, get out, stay out and call the Fire and Rescue service

  • Keep the oven, hob and grill clean - a build up of fat and grease can easily catch fire
  • Do not leave items on top of a hob in case it is accidentally turned on
  • If you are going out for a night out and may be drinking, try and pre-plan for your return home and take a snack from the fridge or cupboard instead of turning on the cooker for a hot meal
  • Fit smoke alarms on every floor of your home, and test the batteries regularly
  • If there is a fire, get out, stay out and call the Fire and Rescue service.

Oil and fat fires are not minor - they can and do injure and kill!

*KFRS figures for April 2008 to March 2009 show that out of 760 accidental dwelling fires attended 231 were cooking related.

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