Pancakes are a fun and simple recipe that the whole family can enjoy. With over 13 years’ experience in all areas of personal injury compensation including accidents at work, Accident Advice Helpline are experts when it comes to knowing how things can go wrong in the kitchen. Here we publish a handy guide on how to safely cook those delicious treats for you and your loved ones to enjoy.
Cooking pancakes, the risk of a burn…
As with all types of cooking and baking, the major concern when making pancakes is the potential to burn oneself. A hot stove can cause a nasty burn and it’s important to take steps to reduce the chances of injury. The golden rule when using a frying is to never leave it unattended. Leaving a frying pan unattended can turn your delicious pancakes into a recipe for disaster.
Many people choose to grease the pan with butter or oil when making pancakes so that they don’t become ruined by sticking to the pan. Hot butter or oil can splatter so keep the heat low to avoid chances of burning yourself from spatter. If the pan begins to cause smoke then do not place anything into it! A handy tip is to use an old squeezy-top ketchup bottle when pouring the mixture into the pan. Not only does this help to reduce mess and keep your pancakes round, it also reduces the chances of the mixture spattering as mentioned above.
If you are making pancakes for your children then it’s likely they will want to help at some point. Get your children involved by letting them help to make the batter but do not allow them near a hot stove where there is a serious risk of injury.
Above all, take precautions when it comes to fire. In the unlikely event that a fire does break out, make sure you have a fire extinguisher and blanket nearby to put out the flames. If you cannot put out the flames, leave the kitchen and call the fire brigade immediately. You should regularly check your smoke alarm as a matter of due course in order to prevent the chances of a fire.
Thank you for reading Accident Advice Helpline’s guide on safely cooking pancakes. You can look forward to more tips from us on healthy & safety in the workplace and how to claim industrial injury compensation in the event of an accident in the workplace.