Pancake Day is all about fun, indulgence and exciting flavours. Lemon and sugar, strawberries and Nutella, perhaps even maple syrup and bacon? Whatever your topping of choice, ensure that safety is a key ingredient in your delicious creations this Pancake Day…

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Fire safety warnings for Pancake Day

Families should have fun making pancakes together this Pancake DayLocal fire and rescue services across the country are issuing important fire safety advice ahead of Shrove Tuesday, also known as Pancake Day, which takes place on Tuesday 21st February 2023.

Fire and rescue services have taken pains to remind people to be careful when whipping up the perfect pancake this week.

Pointing out that more than 50% of all accidental fires in the home start in the kitchen, fire services want people to be careful and sensible when using a frying pan and cooking with hot oil to make pancakes…

Pancake Day safety tips


  • Leave tea towels, cloths, oven gloves or other items on top of the hob
  • Leave the frying pan unattended when the heat is switched on
  • Put the food in the pan if the oil begins to give off smoke
  • Move the pan if it catches fire
  • Use water, or a water fire extinguisher, to put out an oil fire.


  • Keep your hob, cooker and saucepans as clean as possible
  • Test your smoke alarm before you begin cooking
  • Supervise children in the kitchen at all times
  • Ensure saucepan handles do not stick out over the edge of the cooker, as they could easily get knocked off and cause an injury – especially if there are young children in the kitchen
  • Double check that the cooker and hob are both properly switched off when you’ve finished cooking

And, if the worst does happen and a fire breaks out, make sure you:

  • Call emergency services on 999 immediately
  • Turn the heat off, if possible and safe to do so
  • Shut the door on the fire, if possible and safe to do so
  • Ensure that everyone vacates the premises as quickly as possible
  • Remain outside until you are told by a trained firefighter that it is safe to go back inside

Common sense health and safety

Make sure its safety fist this Pancake DayFirst Response Training (FRT) is a leading national training provider.

They deliver a wide range of high quality training courses to over 70,000 learners annually, working with thousands of organisations and businesses across all sectors. Their diverse portfolio includes training in the fields of health and safety, first aid, fire safety, food safety, health and social care, mental health and other special focus topics.

Their health and safety range includes training for employees, managers and supervisors and they also offer externally accredited options.

They can provide training in topics such as Fire Safety Awareness, with or without the use of extinguishers, Role of the Fire Marshal, Evacuation Chair and Fire Safety for Managers.

A Trainer from FRT, says:

“Clearly, Pancake Day should be a fun time where family and friends can get creative in the kitchen, whipping up tasty pancakes, trying their hand at flipping them and experimenting with different toppings.

“No one wants to put a doom and gloom message over this and we hope everyone partaking in Shrove Tuesday celebrations has a great time and enjoys their sweet or savoury pancakes!

“However, it’s important to be aware that over half of all accidental fires in the home start in the kitchen. Make sure you do not leave any cooking unattended as it could overheat and catch fire.

“It’s vitally important that people remain aware of the risks and take sensible, proportionate steps to manage those to ensure the experience is safe and fun for all.”

For easy reference to essential Pancake Day safety tips and guidance, download our free infographic.

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