Dangers of chip pan fires

LINCOLNSHIRE Fire and Rescue Service are reminding people of the dangers of chip pan fires during National Chip Week.

On average in the county there were at least three kitchen fires per week in 2010.

Deputy community fire safety manager Matt King, said: “If you use a chip pan, don’t fill it more than a third full of oil. Oil is an ideal fuel for a fire, and difficult to put out.”

If you do have a fire, never use water on it as this will cause a fireball, but call 999 instead.”

Other advice includes not leaving your cooking unattended, turn saucepan handles so they don’t stick out or aren’t over another ring, always clean the grill pan after use and don’t put oven gloves or tea towels down on the cooker.

For a free home fire safety check call 01522 582222 or e-mail hfsc@lincoln.fire-uk.org.