Families are encouraged to cook chips safely when they tuck in to the fluffy favourite as part of National Chip Week.
National Chip Week kicks off yesterday (Feb 17), and Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service (CFRS) is encouraging householders to celebrate safely by using lower risk methods of cooking chips, such as in the oven, and highlighting the dangers of using chip pans and deep fat fryers.
Chip pan fires are one of the most common causes of fire related injuries in
In Cambridgeshire, between April 2009 and February 2014, chip pans and deep fat fryers were the cause of 99 fires. Last year (2013) there were 15 chip pan fires in Cambridgeshire – a decrease of 60 per cent on the previous year.
Although these statistics have steadily dropped over recent years, there is still a risk when using these kitchen appliances.
Wendy Coleman, Community Risk Manager at CFRS, said: “Although we do not want to deter people from enjoying their chips, we strongly advise residents to take care when cooking with hot oil as it can easily set on fire and spread to surrounding objects and areas in the kitchen.
“To stay safe, people may want to consider choosing a safer and healthier option, such as oven chips, potato wedges or even supporting the local chip
“However, for those planning on using chip pans or deep fat fryers, there are some simple safety guidelines which will help them to stay safe.”
The Service’s chip safety advice is as follows:
• Oven chips, or even better a trip to the chippy, are safer alternatives to chip
• If you’re cooking with hot oil, keep a close eye on it at all times
• Frying and alcohol are a bad combination as your concentration won’t be as sharp and you could fall asleep, accidentally leaving the pan on.
If the worst happens and your pan does catch fire:
• Don’t move the pan.
• Never put water into a flaming chip pan – you’ll create a huge fire ball.
• If it’s safe to do so - turn off the heat.
• Don’t take risks by tackling a fire. Get out, stay out and call 999.
Fires can quickly take hold in the kitchen and spread to the rest of the house,
putting lives at risk.
Above all, ensure you have a working smoke alarm fitted on each floor of your
home. This will give an early warning to a fire, allowing extra time for
occupants in the home to escape.
Note to editors:
National Chip Week runs from February 17-23.
For further information, please contact Leanne Ehren, Media and
Communication Officer, on 01480 444558.