Don’t flip out – a firefighter’s tips for a safer Pancake Day

Ahead of Shrove Tuesday (13 February), Avon Fire & Rescue Service (AF&RS) are issuing top safety tips to make sure that local people have a safe and enjoyable Pancake Day.

Shrove Tuesday falls 47 days before Easter Sunday and marks the beginning of a period of fasting during the Christian season of Lent. For most of the UK, the day is also known as Pancake Day when many people take to their kitchens cook up a feast of their own.

Nothing beats a stack of warm delicious pancakes, but think before you flip, and make sure you stay safe.

Nikki Rice, Prevention Manager, said: “Pancake Day gives families and friends the chance to come together and enjoy making delicious treats. However, with over half of all accidental fires in the home starting in the kitchen, it’s important to take great care.”

Nikki offers the following safety tips:

When using a frying pan or cooking with hot oil, remember:

  • Never leave the pan unattended when the heat is switched on
  • Don’t attempt to move a hot pan.

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.
  • Do not attempt to move a pan if it is on fire,
  • Don’t tackle the fire yourself.
  • GET OUT, STAY OUT, CALL 999.

“And when you have finished cooking, make sure that all the appliances are turned off and the cooking area is clear,” added Nikki.

Working smoke alarms will greatly increase your chances of escaping unharmed.  Have an escape plan and follow it - know exactly which way you will leave your home and know where you will go.

Stay alive, stay safe, and make sure your smoke alarms work properly;

  • Test your smoke alarms every month
  • 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.

For personalised home fire safety advice, use AF&RS’s free home fire safety check tool. It takes as little as five minutes and can provide you with safety information and tips for your home and lifestyle.