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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Warning Following Spate of Chip Pan Fires

03/12/2013

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service is encouraging people to be extra vigilant whilst cooking in the home. 

“We also encourage people not to cook using chip pans as they can be very dangerous. We recommend thermostatically controlled deep fat fryers as these are much safer. We strongly recommend people not to cook whilst under the influence of alcohol as this too can be extremely dangerous."

Prevent Manager Donna Broadhead.

 

The warning comes following a spate of chip pan fires that have happened over the past few days.

The first incident happened last Thursday evening at 10.44pm

Fire and rescue crews from Hanley and Sandyford attended the incident which involved a chip pan fire at a three storey building.

Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus entered the house and rescued two casualties from the fire.

The occupants had started to cook chips in a chip pan and then gone upstairs leaving the cooking unattended. The pan overheated and ignited.

Another call was received on Friday evening at 8.45pm reporting a fire at a semi-detached property on Crestwood Road in Meir.

Fire and rescue crews from Hanley and Longton were called to the property to find a chip pan that was on fire.

Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus entered the house and led one female out to safety. 

The fire was extinguished using one hose reel jet.

Two further casualties suffered smoke inhalation as a result of the fire.

There were no smoke alarms fitted at the property, therefore firefighters fitted some before they left the scene.

A third call was received on Sunday afternoon at 2.08pm reporting a fire at a house on Chatsworth Drive in Norton Green.

Fire and rescue crews from Hanley and Sandyford were called to the incident which involved a chip pan that was alight.

An elderly lady had been cooking chips and forgotten to turn off the chip pan, causing it to overheat and catch fire.

There were no working smoke alarms fitted in the property, fortunately they noticed the fire and were able to call 999.

The fire was contained to the kitchen which was severely damaged by smoke.

The house was left with no heating or electricity as a result of the fire and the occupant has had to be rehomed.

Prevent Manager, Donna Broadhead said: “We urge people not to leave cooking unattended and to remain in the kitchen at all times whilst food is cooking.

“If you leave the room it is very easy to become distracted and that’s when fires happen, as these incidents highlight.

“We also encourage people not to cook using chip pans as they can be very dangerous. We recommend thermostatically controlled deep fat fryers as these are much safer.

“We strongly recommend people not to cook whilst under the influence of alcohol as this too can be extremely dangerous. 

“The occupants at Crestwood Road and Chatsworth Drive were extremely lucky to escape from the fire as they didn’t have working smoke alarms. 

“Smoke alarms are essential to alerting people to a fire at the earliest opportunity, allowing them to get out of the property and call the fire service.

“Anybody who does not have a working smoke alarm should call 0800 0241 999 and request a free home fire risk check.”