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Chip Pan Fires

Chip pan fires can cause fatal fires. Therefore, we encourage you to choose a different way to cook. It only takes one accident to occur, particularly when heating oil to a high temperature or cooking food that releases a lot of fat as it can overheat and catch fire easily.  

How to use a chip pan safely:

  • If smoke begins to appear, the oil is too hot. Immediately turn of the heat and allow the oil to cool before adding anything to it
  • When adding oil or fat to the pan, only fill the pan up to one-third full
  • Never leave the pan unattended when the heat is turned on. Ensure you always keep children away from the cooking area
  • Dry the food that is going to be added to the fat or oil to stop it from spitting or bubbling over
  • If you are feeling unwell, drinking alcohol or taking drugs never try and use a deep fat fryer

Actions to take when a chip pan fire occurs:

  • Don’t panic
  • Turn off the heat under the pan, only if is safe to do so. Allow the pan and oil to completely cool - for at least half an hour
  • Do not move or remove the pan from the hob
  • Never throw water onto to the fire, this will result into the oil exploding over everything around the pan and the fire will immediately spread.
  • Don’t attempt to tackle the fire – vacate the area, close the door, get everyone out of the property and call 999
  • Don’t use a fire extinguisher on a pan of oil - the force of the extinguisher can spread the fire

Remember to always have a fitted smoke alarm on each floor of your home to ensure any sign of a fire is detected immediately. Always test your smoke alarm at least once a month. For anyone that is vulnerable and lives alone, book them in for a home fire safety visit.

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