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Chip Pan Safety Week 15-21 February

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Chip Pan Fire

Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service is urging everyone to think safety first when cooking this month to ensure your culinary delights don't turn into a disaster.

Nick Evans, Prevention Manager for Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service said: "This month is guaranteed to have many people in the kitchen cooking with family and friends and we want to make sure you remember it for the right reasons. Just a moment's distraction could turn your kitchen fun into tragedy but following a few simple precautions can greatly reduce the risks".

"I would urge people to first and foremost make sure they have a working smoke alarm installed as this can give you and your loved ones vital time to escape to safety if a fire does break out".

Traditional chip pans can cause fatal fires, so firefighters are urging you to swap chip pans for other ways of cooking chips — to keep you and your family safe.

Safer ways to enjoy chips

  • Choose oven chips
  • Choose microwave chips
  • Buy a portion of chips from Fish and Chips@No 3
  • Buy a thermostat controlled electric deep fryer — ditch the chip pan

    Chip pan safety tips
    If you must use a traditional chip pan, please follow these fire safety tips:

  • Never put food into the pan if the oil is smoking
  • Never fill a pan more than one-third full of fat or oil
  • Never leave the pan unattended when the heat is switched on.
  • Make sure that food is dried thoroughly before putting it in hot oil so that it doesn't spit
  • If the oil starts to smoke it's too hot. Turn off the heat and leave it to cool, otherwise it may catch fire
  • Never deep fry if you've been drinking alcohol or taking drugs — or if you are feeling tired

    What to do if a pan catches fire

  • Turn off the heat under the pan (if it's safe to do so) and allow it to cool completely
  • Don't move the pan
  • Never throw water over it — the effects can be devastating
  • Don't use a fire extinguisher on a pan of oil — the force of the extinguisher can spread the fire
  • Don't tackle the fire yourself — leave the room, close the door, get everyone out and call 999

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