Chip pan fire safety tips

Chip pan fire

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 move the pan

  • Never throw water over it - the effects can be devastating

  • Don’t use a fire extinguisher on a pan of oil - the force of the extinguisher can spread the fire

  • 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)

Video - how to use chip pans safely

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

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

How safe is you home?

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Safe and well visit

Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service offer a free 'Safe and Well Visit' for people who are aged over 65 and for people who are referred to us by partner agencies because they are considered to be at a particular risk.

Safe and Well Visits incorporate the traditional fire safety information (and smoke alarm fitting), but also offer additional advice on slips, trips and fall prevention and bowel cancer screening.

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