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
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)