Be flipping careful this Pancake Day

Traditionally Shrove Tuesday marks the beginning of Lent, when many people throughout the country make pancakes before they begin a 40 day fast.

But amidst all the fun of cooking up sweet treats, it’s important to remember fire safety this Pancake Day.

Accidental fires caused by cooking with oil or frying can be devastating, with a very high proportion of such fires resulting in injuries.

Mark Thomas, Group Manager at Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service, said: “Making pancakes can be lots of fun for the whole family and they certainly can be delicious.

“However, over half of all accidental fires in the home start in the kitchen so please take care, especially when cooking with hot oil.

“Never leave the pan unattended when the heat is switched on and don’t move a pan if it is on fire. When you have finished cooking, make sure that all the appliances are turned off and the cooking area is clear.

“If a pan does catch light, turn the heat off if it is safe to do so. Never throw water on it or take any risks. Don’t tackle the fire yourself but rather get out, stay out and call 999.”

A working smoke alarm will greatly increase your chances of escaping unharmed. Have an escape plan and follow it - know exactly which way you will leave your home and know where you will go.

Stay safe, and make sure your smoke alarms work properly:
• Test your smoke alarms every week
• You should have at least one working smoke alarm on every level of your home
• The ideal position is on the ceiling, in the middle of a room or on a hallway or landing
• Consider fitting additional alarms in other rooms where there are electrical appliances or near sleeping areas
• Don't put smoke alarms in or near kitchens and bathrooms where smoke or steam could set them off accidentally
• Replace your smoke alarm every 10 years.

For further advice on fire safety or to arrange a Home Fire Safety Check, please call Fire Service Direct on 0800 731 5958.