Follow this simple recipe for a safer Pancake Day

Published: 27 Feb 2017

Pancake Day is a great opportunity to teach little ones simple fire safety lessons in the kitchen.


That’s why Hertfordshire County Council’s Fire and Rescue Service asks you to follow these simple steps to help keep your family safe:


1.  Never leave your frying pan unattended while the heat is switched on.

2.  Make sure pan handles aren’t sticking out over the hob where small hands can reach them.

3.  When you’ve finished cooking, clear the area and make sure the heat is switched off.

4.  If the pan catches fire, don’t take any risks.

5.  Don’t move the pan. Turn off the heat if it is safe to do so.

6.  Never throw water over a pan that’s on fire.

7.  Only tackle the fire yourself if you are confident it is safe to do so using a damp tea towel or fire blanket.

8.  If in doubt, get out, stay out, and call 999.


Cabinet Member for Community Safety, Richard Thake, Fire and 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.”


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 month.

·        Change the battery every year (unless it's a 10 year alarm).

·        Clean it out properly at least twice every year, by vacuuming the inside.


For further advice on fire safety