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Cooking

There were over 500 cooking fires in Lancashire last year. Many were caused by people getting distracted.

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Take pans off the heat or turn the heat down if you’re distracted or called away from the cooker.

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Use a thermostat-controlled deep-fat fryer, which will make sure fat doesn’t get too hot.

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If you’re off enjoying a night out, consider preparing some food for when you come home or perhaps visiting a takeaway instead if you are hungry. Cooking under the influence of alcohol is a really bad idea.

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Don’t overfill a pan with oil – never fill it more than one-third full.

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Don’t store items on cooker hobs. Radiated heat can easily ignite combustible items. It is easy to accidentally turn on the wrong dial for the hob or oven.

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Avoid storing items in the oven incase it gets switched on accidentally. However if you do, it is best to ensure they are clean and free from a build up of grease or food residue.

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If your pan does catch fire, don’t throw water over it; especially if you were cooking with fat or hot oil.

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Be very careful if you are wearing loose clothing.

Below is an interview with Ben. He had been on a night out with friends, had a bit too much drink and decided to cook some food when he got home. Unfortunately for Ben, he fell asleep whilst his food was still cooking.