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Cooking with Oil

Cooking with oil in pan

Cooking with oil can be dangerous if the oil overheats. This applies to deep-fat frying in a pan or when using a wok or karahi.

What NOT To Do

  • Do not fill a pan, wok or karahi more than a third full of oil
  • Do not leave cooking unattended
  • Do not attempt to put an oil fire out yourself
  • Do not move the pan, wok or karahi
  • Do not put water on to hot oil – it will cause the oil to bubble up, overflow and ignite

What TO Do

  • Make sure food is dry before putting it in hot oil so that it doesn’t splash
  • If oil starts to smoke, it is too hot. Turn off the heat and leave it to cool
  • Use a thermostat-controlled deep fat fryer. They are safer because they should not overheat
  • If a pan of cooking oil catches fire, turn the heat off if it is safe to do so. Leave the building closing doors behind you. Call 999 and follow the instructions you are given
  • Ensure you have working smoke alarms on each level of your home and test them every month
  • Consider requesting a Home Fire Safety Visit to review fire precautions within your home and receive additional advice and guidance

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