Don't flip out on Pancake Day

Credit: PA

Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service want people to add a special ingredient to the traditional mixture of eggs, flour and milk – fire safety!

When you’re sprinkling lemon juice and sugar on your pancakes, fire safety is probably the last thing on your mind.

But fat and chip pan fires can be devastating, with a very high proportion of fires resulting in injuries. Overheated oil in pans, deep fat fryers or dirty ovens and grill pans, along with unattended cooking, are the main causes of cooking fires.

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

  • Never leave the pan unattended when the heat is switched on.

  • Do NOT move the pan if it is on fire!

  • 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.

  • When you have finished cooking, make sure all the appliances are turned off and the cooking area is clear.

  • A working smoke alarm will greatly increase your chances of escaping unharmed. Have a 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 at least monthly monthChange the battery every year (unless it's a 10-year alarm). Clean it out properly at least twice every year, by vacuuming the inside.