East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service are urging chip lovers to take care when they indulge in one of the nation’s favourite food this National Chip Week (20th – 26th February.)
The chip is one of our most traditional and loved foods. However, all you need is one small distraction, such as a telephone call, and it could lead to a fire in a matter of moments.
Steve Wright, Temporary Head of Community Safety, said: “Oven chips are a safer and healthier way to enjoy your favourite treat, but if you do choose to use a deep fat fryer, it is essential that you don’t leave the pan unattended. If your pan does catch light, don’t throw water over it– get out, stay out and call 999.”
If you do choose to deep fat fry your chips, these all-year-round fire safety tips could help reduce the risk:
- Don’t overfill a chip pan with oil – never fill it more than one-third full
- Be careful that it doesn’t overheat - hot oil can catch fire easily
- Use a thermostat-controlled deep-fat fryer, which ensures the fat doesn’t get too hot
- Never throw water on a chip pan fire.
- Don’t cook after drinking alcohol.
- In the event of a fire, have an escape route in place
- Don’t take risks by tackling a fire. Get out, stay out and call 999.
- Get a smoke alarm and test it weekly.