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Chip pan warning after pregnant woman taken to hospital following fire

January 28 2020

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service is urging the public not use chip pans after a pregnant woman was taken to hospital following a fire in Cannock.

This was a serious incident given the condition of the resident and we hope the woman involved makes a fast recovery.

Station Manager Paul Harpin

The Service was called to Laurence Grove in Norton Canes at 7.30pm on Monday, January 27, to reports of a fire in the kitchen.

Two crews from Cannock attended and found the fire had been put out before they arrived, however the property was heavily smoke logged and firefighters ventilated the building.

A woman in her thirties who was heavenly pregnant was given oxygen therapy by the crew to treat smoke inhalation before an ambulance arrived and took her to hospital for precautionary checks.

The fire started in a chip pan and the Service is now reminding residents to use a temperature controlled electric fryer instead.

Station Manager Paul Harpin said: “This was a serious incident given the condition of the resident and we hope the woman involved makes a fast recovery.

“We believe a neighbour entered the property to tackle the fire and although their actions are to be commended we would advise people never to try to put a fire out yourself. Always leave the property, stay outside and call us.

“The Service has been campaigning for a long time for people to get rid of their old chip pans and replace them with the far safer thermostat controlled deep fat fryer. Unfortunately many homes still have the traditional pans which are so much more hazardous. The old fashioned chip pans continue to get hotter and even once the heat is removed they stay hot for a long time. The oil can spit out and burn the person using. This could then cause them to drop the pan and a larger fire to start.

“So many of the fires we attend at people’s homes start on the kitchen. Please think twice before using your chip pan and opt for a safer alternative.”