Video - cooking chips safely

Wednesday, February 03, 2016

60 seconds

Transcript for the cooking safety video (new window, PDF 70KB)

Video - cooking chips safely (new window, Movie 15175KB)

Chip pans - fire safety tips

Traditional chip pans can cause fatal fires, so firefighters are urging you to swap chip pans for other way of cooking chips - to keep you and your family safe.

Safer ways to enjoy chips

  • Choose oven chips

  • Choose microwave chips

  • Buy a portion of chips from the local chip shop

  • Buy a thermostat controlled electric deep fryer - ditch the chip pan

Chip pan safety tips

If you must use a traditional chip pan, please follow these fire safety tips:

  • If the oil starts to smoke it’s too hot. Turn off the heat and leave it to cool, otherwise it may catch fire

  • Never fill a pan more than one-third full of fat or oil

  • Never leave the pan unattended when the heat is switched on.

  • Make sure that food is dried thoroughly before putting it in hot oil so that it doesn’t spit

  • Never deep fry if you’ve been drinking alcohol or taking drugs - or if you are feeling tired

What to do if a pan catches fire

  • Turn off the heat under the pan (if it’s safe to do so) and allow it to cool completely

  • Don’t tackle the fire yourself-  leave the room, close the door, get everyone out of your home and call 999.

Leaflets - chip pan safety

Chip pan safety leaflet (new window, PDF 522KB)

Love chips leaflet - after drinking alcohol, go to the chip shop, don't cook at home (new window, PDF 528KB)

Last updated: Wednesday 08 February 2017