Cooker and toaster safety
You can prevent fires when using a cooker or a toaster by following these simple tips:
Cooking with oil
You need to be especially careful when you are deep-fat frying or cooking with oil because hot oil can catch fire easily. Make sure you:
Dealing with a fire
- If a pan catches fire in your kitchen:
never use water on chip pan fires as this will cause a fireball, get everyone out, and close the kitchen door,
If an electrical appliance catches fire, don't throw water on it. If it is safe to do so, you may be able to put out the fire immediately by:
If the fire doesn't go out, get out of the house, stay out and call 999.
Fire safety equipment
Don't fit a smoke alarm in a kitchen or bathroom where it could be set off by cooking fumes or steam. If you find your smoke alarm goes off a lot accidentally, you can buy one that is fitted with a 'hush' button. This means you can silence it instantly so you're not tempted to remove the battery (except to change it for a new one).
Check regularly that the ventilation in your kitchen, like range hoods or fans, is working properly and is not blocked up.
This is especially important if you have a gas cooker in case any leaking gas builds up.