Diwali - Kitchen Fire Safety
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All too often safety comes second to celebration, therefore the Mauritius Fire and Rescue Service would especially urge the celebrating community to take these few simple precautions to reduce the risks to people.
Kitchen Fire Safety
Chip pans and deep-frying
- Pay attention to your cooking. Stay in the kitchen when you are cooking.
- If you must leave the kitchen, even for a short period of time, turn off your stove.
- Never fill your cooking pan more than one third full of oil.
- If you deep-fry food, dry it before you put it in the hot oil. If the oil starts to smoke, turn off the heat and leave the pan to cool.
- Do not let children play or leave toys near a fire or heater.
- The kitchen is probably the most dangerous place in the house.
- Never leave a saucepan on the heat if you get called away.
- Keep the top of the cooker clean.
- Keep the cooker away from curtains and other combustible materials, and clean it out regularly.
LPG Cylinder - Safe use and handling
- After use, turn off the cylinder valve while the appliance is still operating. Then turn off the valve of the gas cooker.
- Check rubber hose regularly for cracks and change hose before expiry date, printed on the hose.
- Strike the match / lighter first then open the burner knob of your gas cooker.
- Always keep the cylinder in vertical position in a well-ventilated area.
- In case of leakage, turn off the gas valve, open all doors and windows.
- Have all electrical work done by a qualified electrician
- Check electrical cords to make sure they are not running across doorways or under carpets.
- Extension cords are intended for temporary use only.
- Do not overload electrical sockets and watch out for faulty and over-heating electrical equipment and wiring/cables.
source: Mauritius Fire and Rescue Service