19 February 2014

It's National Chip Week (17 to 23 February) and so Northamptonshire County Council's fire and rescue service is reminding people to be safe when cooking their chips.

Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service Head of Community Protection Baz Fox said “We all love chips and that's why fish and chips is one of our national dishes. But more fire related injuries occur in the kitchen than any other room so please stick to these rules and be safe.”

Fire and rescue advice

  • If the oil starts to smoke, it’s too hot. Turn off the heat and leave it to cool.
  • Don’t overfill a chip pan with oil – never fill it more than one third full.
  • Make sure food is dry before putting it in hot oil, so it doesn’t splash.
  • Better still – always use a thermostat-controlled electric deep fat fryer for your chips as they cannot overheat.

If a pan catches fire:

  • Turn the heat off if it is safe to do so.
  • NEVER throw water over it.
  • Get out, stay out, call 999.

For more information about home fire safety visit www.northamptonshire.gov.uk/fire or follow Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service on Facebook or on Twitter.