Tips for cooking chips safely
If you intend to cook chips in a traditional chip pan you should follow these fire safety tips:
- Don't cook after drinking alcohol
- Don't throw water on a chip pan fire
- Don't overfill a chip pan with oil - never fill it more than one-third full
- Take care when cooking with hot oil - it sets alight easily
- If the oil starts to smoke, it's too hot. Turn off the heat and leave it to cool.
- Do not leave cooking unattended and avoid leaving children in the kitchen alone when cooking on the hob.
- Make sure food is dry before putting it in hot oil so it doesn't splash.
What to do if a pan catches fire
- Don't take any risks
- Turn off the heat if it is safe to do so
- NEVER throw water over it
- Don't tackle the fire yourself
- Get Out, Stay Out, Call 999
Alternative ways to enjoy chips
- Microwave them. It's quick, easy and they taste just as good
- Choose oven chips instead. Not only are they safer to cook but they're lower in fat too
- Instead of cooking chips at home, why not buy a portion of chips from the local chip shop?
- Use a thermostat controlled electric deep fat fryer. They cant overheat. They are safer to use and look better in the kitchen!
Councillor Maria Plews, Community Safety Champion, County Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue Authority commented "It is better to get a takeaway on the way home than run the risk of turning the cooker on when you are intoxicated. Unattended cooking can soon fill a home with deadly smoke. If you are already asleep you and your family will soon suffocate on that smoke and potentially endanger your neighbours".
"The best advice I can give is make sure that you fit, and regularly test, a smoke alarm. It is the single most important piece of safety equipment in any home. A smoke alarm provides vital warning that a fire has broken out waking sleeping people up and giving everyone time to get safely out."
To help keep you and your family safe from fire, County Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue Service provides free home fire safety advice. Please contact 0845 2234221 or visit the section under 'Your Safety' Home Fire Safety for further information.