With chip pans causing more than one in twenty house fires in the UK, Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service is issuing a safe sizzling warning ahead of National Chip Week (16-22 February).
If you do decide to deep fat fry your chips – whether they’re ‘chip shop style’ chips, French fries, crinkle cut chips or curly fries – Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service say these all-year-round simple safety tips could help reduce the risk of fire:
- Use a temperature controlled deep-fat fryer (it’ll help make sure the fat doesn’t get too hot).
- Check that it doesn’t overheat - hot oil can catch fire easily.
- Don’t overfill a chip pan with oil – never fill it more than one-third full.
- Never throw water on a chip pan fire.
- Don’t cook after drinking alcohol.
- Have an escape route in place in the event of fire.
- Don’t take risks by tackling a fire. Get out, stay out and call 999.
- Get a smoke alarm and test it monthly
For further advice on fire safety visit www.facebook.com/firekills or contact Cumbria Fire & Rescue Service on 01768 812612.