Heed Lincolnshire fire service advice to stay flipping safe on Pancake Day
Official advice to householders on how to cook pancakes safely has been issued by Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue.
The service says if you are planning to get cracking in the kitchen tomorrow (Shrove Tuesday) don't get caught out by hot oil and equipment.
Debbie Robinson, deputy community safety manager for Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue said: "When you're distracted by delicious, warm pancakes, fire safety may not be at the forefront of your mind.
"However, fat and chip pan fires can be devastating, with a very high proportion of fires resulting in injuries.
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"Most fires start in the kitchen, and at this time of year, a common scenario can be families tucking into pancakes, forgetting that they have left their frying pan on the hob, burning away."
For a fun and safe Shrove Tuesday, Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue recommends the following safety advice:
When you've finished cooking your pancakes, take the frying pan off the hob and turn off the heat source.
If the oil starts to smoke, it's too hot. Turn off the heat and leave it to cool.
If your children are in the kitchen helping you make pancakes, take extra care and make sure they are supervised at all times.
A working smoke alarm will greatly increase your chances of escaping a fire unharmed. Fit a smoke alarm and test it weekly.
Have an escape plan and follow it – know exactly which way you will leave the house, and know where you will go.
If a fire does occur in your kitchen, don't tackle it yourself – get out, stay out and dial 999.
Cooking is the single biggest cause of accidental house fires in Lincolnshire.
Last year, Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue responded to 148 of them.
The majority happened when people were not paying attention or left things unattended.