Chip pans can be dangerous and oil itself is a volatile substance when being heated, and it only takes seconds for an accident to occur, no matter how careful and vigilant you are.
We actively encourage residents to use other methods of cooking – why not cook your chips in the oven?
How to use a chip pan safely
- If the oil is smoking then it is too hot. Turn down the heat and wait for the oil to cool before adding your chips.
- Never fill the pan more than one-third full of oil and never take your eyes off it, even for a few seconds.
- Wet chips can cause the oil to bubble over, so ensure your chips are dry before you add them to the oil.
How to deal with a chip pan fire
- Don't panic.
- NEVER throw water onto the fire - this will make the oil explode over everything around the pan and will set fire to much more as a result.
- Don't move the pan.
- Turn off the heat if it is safe for you to do so - never lean over the pan to reach the cooker controls. If you have been able to turn off the heat and the fire has not spread, or is now under control, leave the pan to cool down for at least 30 minutes.
- Do not attempt to tackle the fire. Close the door to the room, get everyone out of the property, telephone the fire service on 999 and do not go back inside.
Ensure you fit a smoke alarm that has the kite mark and conforms to British Standard 5446 (Part 1). Test the smoke alarm at least once a month by pressing the test button and know the life span of your battery - mark your calendar as a reminder to replace it.