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More than half of accidental fires at home are started by cooking. Many kitchen fires happen when people are not paying attention or they leave things unattended.
How to Cook Safely
There are several things you can do to prevent fires in the kitchen. Make sure you don't get distracted when you are cooking, and:
- take pans off the heat or turn the heat down if you're called away from the cooker, eg by a phone call
- take care if you're wearing loose clothing as it can catch fire easily
- don't cook if you have been drinking alcohol or taken prescription drugs - you may get drowsy or lose concentration.
- Avoid using chip pans. If you want to fry food use a deep fat fryer with a thermostat that will switch the power off if the oil temperature goes too high.