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20th February 2020

Pancake Day Tips From Lighthouse

It’s that time of year again – Shrove Tuesday. In this blog, we take a light-hearted look at the dangerous art of pancake making.

“Flipping pancakes is easy, why do I need to be careful?” I hear you say… but when you’re distracted by delicious warm pancakes, fire safety, burns and scalds may not be at the forefront of your mind!

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. Another main cause of accidents is people being overly optimistic in their ability to flip the pancakes, resulting in the pancake landing on their hands or arms.

Here are our Top 10 Pancake Safety Tips:-

  1. Never Leave tea towels, cloths, oven gloves or other items on top of the hob.
  2. Never Leave the frying pan unattended when the heat is switched on.
  3. Move the pan away from the heat if the oil starts to smoke.
  4. Never use water, or a water fire extinguisher, to put out an oil fire. 
  5. Always supervise children in the kitchen at all times.
  6. Make sure you test your kitchen smoke alarm at least once a week.
  7. If someone is burned, the burn should be cooled under cool running water for at least ten minutes.
  8. Use oven gloves and wooden-handled pans when cooking. 
  9. Do not leave saucepan handles sticking out to avoid them getting knocked off the stove.
  10. Enjoy and Stay Safe!

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