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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Ban the Pan

20/06/2011

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service is working in partnership with Trent & Dove Housing to encourage residents to get rid of their chip pans.

"We attend numerous fires caused by people putting their chip pans on and then falling asleep or getting distracted by a phone call or someone at the door."

East Staffordshire Risk Reduction Manager, Jim Bywater

Statistics reveal that Staffordshire has suffered an average of 43 chip pan fires every year since 2005 and last year saw an 18% increase of chip pan fire incidents. 
   
East Staffordshire Risk Reduction Manager, Jim Bywater said: "Research tells us more than half of home fires are caused by cooking accidents. Chip pans can cause serious fires because they can very quickly overheat and then ignite.

"We attend numerous fires caused by people putting their chip pans on and then falling asleep or getting distracted by a phone call or someone at the door.

"We would urge people to use oven chips or deep fat fryers instead. Deep fat fryers are much safer because they are thermostatically controlled which means they can’t overheat."

Other cooking safety tips everyone should take into account are:

• Don’t overfill a pan with oil – never fill it more than one-third full.
• Don’t cook after drinking alcohol.
• Don’t take risks by tackling a fire. Get out, stay out and dial 999.
• Never throw water on a pan fire.
• In the event of a fire, have an escape route in place.

David Jones, director of Housing Services at Trent & Dove said: "The safety of our tenants is extremely important and we welcome this opportunity to work with the Fire and Rescue Service in raising awareness of the dangers of chip pans."