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February 17, 2015
Beware: Pancakes can be flipping dangerous
Distracted by warm, tasty pancakes? When people enthusiastically reach for the frying pan, lemon and sugar – some end up needing the Fire Service or the A & E department too.
Pancake Day, while seen as a fun day by all, can be more dangerous than most people think. It’s a time when those who may not normally venture into the kitchen do so, to try out a simple recipe.
The list of accidents recorded on Pancake Day are quite extensive – pan fires, in particular, can be devastating with many resulting in serious injuries. But other common accidents are burnt fingers from metal panhandles, wobbly flips which send a hot pancake on to the cook’s hand, and people getting too close to the cooker and setting their clothes alight.
We all know most of these types of accidents start in the kitchen and, on Shrove Tuesday, it’s easy to forget that you have left the pan on the hob, burning away. This usually happens in the home, but employees who work in kitchens, cafes or restaurants can easily fall victim to the same fate.