A county-wide campaign to highlight the potential risks of cooking with chip pans has been launched to coincide with a national initiative.
In 2013, there were 58 blazes involving deep fat fryers and chip pans in Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent – 28 in the north of the county, 19 in the west and 11 in the east.
The Service is now linking in with National Chip Week, which starts on February 17, in a bid to dramatically reduce the number of incidents.
Postcards featuring the ‘top 10 cookery safety tips’ are available from community centres, public buildings and shops.
The following advice is included in the leaflet:
• Look when you cook. Take any pans off the heat if you have to leave the room. If your pan does catch fire do not remove it or attempt to extinguish it – just leave the building.
• Do not use a chip pan - use a thermostat-controlled electric deep fat fryer
• Do not leave children alone in the kitchen whilst cooking with the hob or oven
• Do not place anything metallic in the microwave
• Keep electrical leads away from water and keep electrical leads and cloths away from the hob
• Avoid cooking if you have been drinking alcohol
• Keep the oven and grill clean, a build-up of fat and grease may catch fire
• Take care if wearing loose clothing as it can easily catch fire, particularly when using the hob
• When you have finished cooking, double check that you have turned off the oven
• Do not use matches or lighters to light gas cookers. Spark devices are safer.