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A quarter of all fires start in the kitchen, warn Kent Fire and Rescue ahead of Shrove Tuesday

03 March 2014


Make sure you flip safely on Pancake Day tomorrow, firefighters are warning.

Kent Fire and Rescue have issued the warning as a quarter of all fires they deal with start in the kitchen.

Head of community safety, Stuart Skilton said: “If you’re going to be using a frying pan to cook pancakes on Shrove Tuesday, take extra care but clearly this advice is vital whenever you’re cooking in the kitchen and it’s a good opportunity to teach your children about cooking safely. It only takes a few seconds for an unattended pan to catch alight and develop into a serious fire. Don’t dice with death, stand by your pan and always stay in the kitchen while you’re cooking."

Are you ready for Pancake Day

Are you ready for Pancake Day?

The service has also issued this advice:

Make sure that the fat in the pan doesn’t smoke. If it does, remove it from the heat and wait for it to cool before adding your pancake mixture; turn saucepan handles so that they don’t stick out from the hob; keep the oven, hob and grill clean; if a pan does catch alight, don’t take risks by trying to move it. Turn the heat off if it is safe to do so and never throw water over it, and, if there is a fire, close the door and call the fire service.

* Look out for pictures of some fun Pancake Day events in this Friday's KM.


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