Cook Safely

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We want to remind everyone of some safety tips to help you cook safely, particularly with any type of cooking oil. Grease fires can happen when the oil you are cooking with becomes so hot that the oil begins to smoke, then catches on fire. Each oil (or animal fat) has a smoking point, so please check the packages to make sure you use the correct oil for your dish. If the oil you are heating begins to smoke, remove it from the heat immediately as this is a sign that the oil is too hot and will catch fire.


  • If you are sleepy or have consumed alcohol, do not use the hob or oven.
  • Stay in the kitchen while you are cooking food so you are not distracted and can act fast if something does happen.
  • Keep anything that can catch fire away from the hob.
  • If possible, reduce the amount of oil needed, particularly with oily foods such as bacon.
  • Do not reuse old oil as it can catch on fire much quicker.
  • If you see smoke or the oil begins to smell burnt/bitter, immediately turn off the heat and remove the pan (if it is safe) from the hob.
  • Add food gently to oil so it does not splatter.
  • Always cook with a metal lid beside the pan, this way if the oil begins to smoke or a fire starts, you can slide the lid over the pan to contain the fire.

If you do have a cooking fire:

  • If it is safe (and you feel comfortable), slide a metal lid (a glass lid will shatter) or a fire blanket over the pan. Do not remove the lid or fire blanket because the fire could start again. Let the pan cool completely.
  • Do not use water on a grease fire. Pouring water can cause the oil to splatter and spread the fire.
  • Do not use a water fire extinguisher, even if the correct fire extinguisher is not available. The following link explains the different types of fire extinguishers and what they can be used on:
  • If the oil has caught on fire, do not move the pot as it could spill, burning you or others.
  • If there is a fire in the oven, turn off the heat (if it is safe to do so) and do not open the oven door as oxygen will feed the fire.
  • In any case, raise the alarm, close any doors behind you, and evacuate through the nearest fire exit.
  • Call 4444 once you are safely out of the building.

For further tips on cooking safe in the kitchen, please visit:

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