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Chip Pan Safety Advice

11th October 2009

Following a recent incident involving a chip pan in the Ryedale area, North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service would like provide some safety tips to help you remain safe whilst cooking chips

Nearly 20 people are killed or injured every day in accidental fires that start in their kitchen, the most common cause of these fires is deep fat frying.

  • If you do choose to deep fat fry your chips, make sure you do it safely. Better still, choose oven chips or use a thermostatic fryer.
  • Never fill a chip pan more than a third full of oil.
  • Never leave your cooking unattended. Even if the phone or doorbell rings. Remember - fires start when your attention stops.
  • If you've consumed alcohol, don't be tempted to cook with a chip pan.


If you do have a chip pan fire:

  • Call the Fire and Rescue Service on 999 immediately.
  • Don't take risks.
  • Have a clear escape route.
  • Never move the pan.
  • Turn off the heat (if it's safe to do so).
  • Never use water on chip pan fires


North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service offer a free Home Fire Risk Check to every household in North Yorkshire. Fire and Rescue Staff will visit your home and give advice and information on how to keep your family safe. As part of this check, Crews can give advice on safe cooking methods, including the appropriate use of electric deep fryers. Visit http://www.northyorksfire.gov.uk/ or call the Fire Safety Advice Line on 01609 788545.

Remember working smoke alarms save lives.

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