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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Ban The Pan for Chip Safety

A series of graphic public displays by Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service will highlight the potential for tragedy of chip pan fires.

To mark National Chip Week (Feb 15-21 2010) firefighters across the county are staging a series of demonstrations to encourage people to ‘Ban the Pan.’

Statistics reveal the county has suffered at least 300 dwelling kitchen fires every year since 2005. 
Since April last year, Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service has been called out to 324 kitchen fires while in the last five years the total number of kitchen fires across the county is 1,614.

Ian Sloss, Head of Risk Reduction, wants people to exercise caution at the stove.

“Research tells us more than half of home fires are caused by cooking accidents,” said Ian.

“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 deep fat fryers instead. They are much safer because they are thermostatically controlled which means they can’t overheat.”

People who cook chips in a traditional 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.

Find out about events on National Chip Week in your area.