Essex County Fire and Rescue Service


Be extra flippin' careful on pancake day

Essex County Fire and Rescue Service has served up some fire safety advice for pancake day and is urging everyone to be extra flippin' careful.

Kitchens and cooking are one of the main causes of fires in the home. Frying pans can easily catch light, especially if they are left unattended.

Head of Community Safety, Neil Fenwick said:

“Shrove Tuesday is a night when thousands of homes across Essex get their frying pans out and treat themselves to some delicious pancakes.

“Frying is a major cause of house fires in the county and we are warning people to take care when they are making their pancakes today.

“Our key message is that people must pay attention when they are cooking pancakes. It’s frightening how quickly cooking can become a deadly disaster. Just a moment’s distraction is all it takes for a fire to start.

When using a frying pan or cooking with hot oil:

  • Never leave the pan unattended when the heat is switched on
  • Do NOT move the pan if it is on fire
  • Never put the food in the pan if the oil begins to give off smoke
  • If there's a fire, get out, stay out and call us out
  • Supervise children in the kitchen at all times

It is also vitally important that all homes have a properly fitted and working smoke alarm. Smoke alarms are without doubt the most important piece of equipment in any home, they sound at the first sign of fire giving everyone a chance to get out and call the fire service.

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