This week is the final week of Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service’s #RecipeForDisaster campaign and highlights the dangers of using chip pans.
If you need to deep fry things then get a thermostat controlled electric deep fat fryer; they’re much safer.
Although the use of chip pans has declined over the years, they are still a major cause of burns in the kitchen. Cooking fires make up more than 25 per cent of accidental dwelling fires across the county making it the most common cause of blazes in the home.
Director of Prevent and Protect Glynn Luznyj said: “Chip pans are so dangerous that we urge people not to use them, if possible. The problem with chip pans is, to deep fry something, you have to pour a large quantity of oil into the pan and heat it so that it gets really hot. Heating oil is dangerous and if you don’t keep your eye on what you’re doing, before you know it, the oil will have caught fire.
“If your chip pan does catch fire, putting it out can be hazardous, too. Instinctively, we reach for water to put out a fire. If it’s a chip pan fire then pouring water on it would be disastrous. When water comes into contact with hot oil in small quantities, it causes the oil to spit; in the quantity you’d probably reach for to put out a fire it produces a reaction which is similar to a fireball. Chip pan fires are the type that needs to be smothered. Also, picking up the pan and trying to take it outside will put you at risk of the flames blowing back at you. We’d much rather you used oven chips or bought a portion of chips from the chippy, instead. If you need to deep fry things then get a thermostat controlled electric deep fat fryer; they’re much safer.
“If you must use a traditional chip pan, please follow these fire safety tips:
What to do if a pan catches fire:
The #RecipeForDisaster campaign runs for four weeks, promoting its messages by using radio and billboard advertising, distributing safe cooking tips cards and using social media. The video underlining this week’s theme of the campaign has also been posted on the Service’s website. It shows the consequences of someone not paying attention while they’re preparing to deep fry some chips.