Essex County Fire and Rescue Service


Be extra flippin careful this Pancake Day!

Did you know that half of all house fires are caused by cooking ingredients?

Next Tuesday (13 February) is Pancake Day and while it’s a British family favourite and tradition for many of us, it’s also by far the day where most smoke alarms go off.

Why’s that? Well, put simply: family fun can also mean fire, if basic safety precautions aren’t taken. We want you to enjoy whipping up your pancakes – especially if you’re planning on doing so with children.

So, follow our safety tips and you’ll be sure to enjoy your finest creations (with a generous dash of lemon juice or syrup) in no time:

  • Your child might be a dab hand at flipping pancakes… but don’t treat them like a top chef and leave them alone with the pan!
  • Don’t leave the hob on inbetween eating your pancakes. It might save you the time to re-heat the pan, but it could quickly develop into a fire if unattended.
  • Keep all materials – including tea towels, cloths and kitchen roll - well away from the cooking area. If you’re wearing loose clothing, take extra care.
  • If the oil in the pan starts to smoke, it’s too hot and potentially about to ignite. Turn the gas down and avoid burning your meal!
  • If you’re not the best cook, your smoke alarm might let you know… but make sure it’s in good working order. Push the button to test it before you start cooking.
  • If the pan does ignite, don’t try to pour water on it or take any risks: get out, stay out and call the fire service out.

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