Dangers of using traditional chip pans highlighted

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Monday, February 16th, 2015
Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service (NIFRS) is using this year’s National Chip Week (16 – 22 February) to warn people of the dangers of using traditional chip pans. Chip pans are one of the most common causes of fire in the home. In 2014 NIFRS attended 86 accidental dwelling fires caused by chip pans, which is a slight decrease on the 2013 figure of 92 accidental dwelling fires caused by chip pans. Tragically, one person lost their life due to a fire attributed to chip pans last year. NIFRS is urging people to put safety first when it comes to cooking to help protect themselves and their family from the dangers of fire. Kevin O’Neill, Group Commander, Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service said, “National Chip Week – designed to celebrate chips as one of our culinary favourites, provides an ideal opportunity for us to remind people to take extra care when cooking with pans, especially ones containing hot oil. “Chip pans are well known for being a fire risk, but simply changing the way you cook can prevent fire. Our advice is that you stop using a traditional chip pan and invest in an electric temperature controlled deep fat fryer or cook your chips in the oven. “If it isn’t possible to give up using a chip pan in your home be sure to carefully follow our all year round fire safety advice to reduce fire hazards and cook safely. “Remember – never fill a pan more than one third full of fat or oil; never leave the pan unattended when the heat is switched on and never put the food in the pan if the oil begins to give off smoke, just turn off the heat and leave the oil to cool, otherwise it could catch fire. He added, “Do not cook if under the influence of alcohol and remember to keep your grill pan clean.”
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