Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service is urging Staffordshire residents to ‘ban the pan’ to mark National Chip Week (18 – 24 February).
"Chip pans can cause serious fires because they can very quickly overheat and then ignite."
Head of Risk Reduction, Glynn Luznyj
Statistics reveal that chip pan fires have increased over the last two years. In 2011 the Service attended 65 chip pan fires but this increased to 70 chip pan fires last year.
Head of Risk Reduction, Glynn Luznyj wants people to exercise caution at the stove: “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 either use deep fat fryers instead, which are much safer because they are thermostatically controlled which means they can’t overheat, or consider a more healthier option that does not require the use of cooking fat or oils.”
People who do insist on using a chip pan are advised to follow these Staffordshire Fire and Rescue fire safety tips - not just during National Chip Week but all year round:
• Don’t overfill a chip pan with oil – never fill it more than one-third full.
• Don’t use your chip pan after drinking alcohol.
• Don’t take risks by tackling a fire. Get out, stay out and dial 999.
• Never throw water on a chip pan fire.
• In the event of a fire, have an escape route in place.