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Cook safely in February

1st February 2017 @ 6:06am – by Helen Crick, Cheshire Fire & Rescue
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Firefighters urge safe cooking this February

It's all about food in February with romantic meals for Valentine's Day (14 Feb) and Shrove Tuesday/Pancake Day (February 28), so firefighters want to use these events as a reminder for people to cook safely.

Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service is urging everyone to think safety first when cooking this month to ensure any culinary delights don't turn into a disaster.

Nick Evans, Head of Prevention for Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service, said: "This month is guaranteed to have many people in the kitchen cooking with family and friends and we want to make sure you remember it for the right reasons. Just a moment's distraction could turn your kitchen fun into tragedy. Following a few simple precautions can greatly reduce the risks."

Top tips for safe cooking include

  • Always clean the grill pan after using it to avoid a build-up of fat and oil in your grill pan
  • Do not leave cooking unattended- a forgotten pan can lead to disaster
  • If cooking oil starts to smoke, it's too hot- turn off the heat and leave it to cool
  • Use a thermostat controlled electric deep fat fryer instead of a chip pan as they can't overheat
  • Keep tea towels and cloths away from grills and hobs
  • Don't start cooking if you have had alcohol or are really tired.

If a pan catches fire

  • Don't take any risks. Turn the heat off if it is safe to do so.
  • NEVER throw water over it. Don't tackle the fire yourself- Get Out, Stay Out, Call 999.

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