Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue: ‘Keep safe this Pancake Day’

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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 or to book a free Home Fire Safety Check call 01522 582222 or email