Fire service warns ‘Keep an eye when you fry’

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Fire service issues safety advice during National Chip Week.

IN the midst of National Chip Week, Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue Service is urging people to take vital care when frying chips.

After attending 54 chip pan fires in 2013, the service are stressing that kitchen users shouldn’t leave a chip pan unattended as the results can be disastrous.

Fire investigation officer, Mike Burroughs said: “The smallest distraction when using a hot chip pan could lead to a fire in a matter of moments.

“Oven chips are a safer and healthier way to enjoy your favourite, but if you do choose to deep fat fry please don’t leave the pan unattended.


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“If your pan does catch light, don’t throw water over it– get out, stay out and call 999.”

The fire service is offering the following fire safety tips when deep-fat frying chips:

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• Don’t overfill a chip pan with oil – never fill it more than one-third full

• Be careful that it doesn’t overheat - hot oil can catch fire easily

• Use a thermostat-controlled deep-fat fryer, which will make sure the fat doesn’t get too hot

• Never throw water on a chip pan fire

• Got the post pub munchies? Don’t cook after drinking alcohol

• In the event of a fire, have an escape route in place

• Don’t take risks by tackling a fire. Get out, stay out and call 999

• Get a smoke alarm and test it regularly

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