Cooking safety

  • When cooking, take care if you're wearing loose clothing as it can easily catch fire.
  • Keep electrical leads, tea towels and cloths away from the cooker and hob.
  • Never leave children alone in the kitchen.
  • Keep matches, lighters and saucepan handles where children can't reach them, and fit a safety catch on the oven door.
  • Keep the oven, hob, toaster and grill clean - a build-up of fat, crumbs or grease can easily catch fire.
  • Don't use matches or lighters to light gas cookers - spark devices, which you can buy from hardware stores, are safer.
  • Don't leave pans on the hob when you're not around. Take them off the heat if you have to leave the kitchen.
  • Angle saucepan handles so they don't stick out from the hob, or over a naked flame.
  • Don't put anything that is made of metal or is metallic inside the microwave.
  • When you have finished cooking, make sure you switch off the oven and hob.

 

Deep-frying food

  • If you regularly deep-fry food, consider buying an electric deep-fat fryer. They have thermostats fitted so they can't overheat and are safer to use.
  • Dry food before putting it into hot oil, to prevent the oil from splashing and burning you.
  • If you don't have an electric deep-fat fryer and are using an ordinary pan, never fill it more than one-third full.
  • If the oil starts to smoke, it's too hot. Turn the heat off and leave it to cool.

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