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Last updated: 25/02/2020, 9:43 AM

Pancake Day - a day of fun, feasting and fire safety

25/02/2020 08:46
Safety warnings

Pancake Day is upon us and while some may have started the day flipping pancakes, others will be hungrily rushing home to enjoy some fluffy treats. 

It’s a holiday that can be fun for the whole family – with children helping to cook, learning to flip pancakes and parents showing off  their ‘tossing’ skills. It is always a nightmare deciding which topping to have – but it’s important not to get distracted while cooking them, no one likes burnt pancakes!

Pancake danger

With the majority of fires in the home starting in the kitchen, London Fire Brigade are warning Londoners to take extra care - especially when cooking with children.


Cook safely

Get some hints an tips on staying safe in the kitchen.

Stay safe

Charlie Pugsley, Deputy Assistant Commissioner for Fire Safety said, “Like many Londoners, I will be tucking into pancakes tonight and will be flipping a few myself. Pancake Day is a creative way to spend quality time with children, but hot pans, oil and hobs can also pose great risks if care is not taken.”

60% of fires in the home started in the kitchen

Last year around 60% of fires in the home started in the kitchen. Between 2015 and 2019,  London Fire Brigade attended 12,017 cooking fire related incidents and 1,429 resulted in injuries.

Never leave your pancakes unattended

Safety tips to stay safe while flipping pancakes:

  • Supervise children (and pets) in the kitchen at all times.
  • Don’t leave cooking unattended
  • Always make sure the cooker and hob are turned off when you've finished cooking

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