Firefighters are backing a national campaign to highlight the potential risks of cooking with chip pans.
The Service is warning of the dangers of using this method of cooking as statistics show it was the cause of 105 incidents in the north, 52 in the west and 33 in the east of the county during the last three years.
The safety message links in with National Chip Week, which starts on Monday, February 16, in a bid to raise awareness and dramatically reduce incidents.
Community Safety Officers will be carrying out a demonstration to show people how quickly chip pans can set alight. They will be in St Editha’s Square in Tamworth from 10am-2pm on Tuesday, February 17.
Crews will also be demonstrating the dangers of chip pans in Market Place, Burton, and handing out safety advice from 2pm-5pm on Wednesday, February 18. They will be taking referrals for free Home Fire Risk Checks (HFRC).
Firefighters and Community Safety Officers will be giving out cooking advice in Penkridge Market from 8am-2pm on Wednesday, February 18. Crews from Codsall, Wombourne and Kinver will also be out in the community throughout the week. They will be taking referrals for Free Home Fire Risk Checks, which can also be booked by calling 0800 0241 999.
The Service is encouraging people to follow the below safety tips:
• 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.