As county residents prepare to get their frying pans out and treat themselves to pancakes at home, the service is issuing a reminder that hot oil and equipment can be dangerous.
Debbie Robinson, deputy community safety manager for Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue said:
“When you’re distracted by delicious, warm pancakes, fire safety may not be at the first thing on your mind. But hot oil and frying pans can be devastating, with a very high percentage of fires resulting in injuries.
Most fires start in the kitchen, and at this time of year, it’s common that whilst a family tucks into pancakes, they forget that they have left their frying pan burning away on the hob.”
For a fun and safe Shrove Tuesday, Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue recommends the following safety advice:
- When you’ve finished cooking your pancakes, take the frying pan off the hob and turn off the heat source.
- If the oil starts to smoke, it’s too hot. Don’t put food in the pan if the oil is smoking, turn off the heat and leave it to cool.
- If your children are in the kitchen helping you make pancakes, take extra care and make sure they are supervised at all times.
- If a fire does occur in your kitchen, don’t tackle it yourself - get out, stay out and dial 999.
A working smoke alarm will greatly increase your chances of escaping a fire unharmed.
Fit a smoke alarm and test it weekly.
- Have an escape plan and follow it, know exactly which way you will leave the house, and know where you will go.
For fire safety advice, visit www.lincolnshire.gov.uk/lfr or to book a free Home Fire Safety Check call 01522 582222 or email HFSC@lincoln.fire-uk.org