Chip pan fires cause one fifth of all accidental home fires attended by the fire and rescue service in the UK each year. Nearly 20 people are killed or injured every day in accidental fires that start in their kitchen, the most common of these caused by deep fat frying. If you do choose to deep fat fry your chips, make sure you do it safely. Better still, choose oven chips or use a thermostatic fryer.

Precautions to take

  • Never fill a chip pan more than a third full of oil
  • Consider using a thermostatically controlled deep fat fryer
  • Never leave your cooking unattended. Even if the phone or doorbell rings. Remember – fires start when your attention stops
  • If you’ve been drinking alcohol, don’t be tempted to cook with a chip pan.

If you do have a chip pan fire:

  • Call the fire and rescue service on 999 immediately
  • Don’t take risks
  • Have a clear escape route
  • Never move the pan
  • Turn off the heat (if it’s safe to do so)
  • Never use water on chip pan fires, as this will cause a fireball.


North Wales Fire and Rescue Service offer free fire safety advice in your home.  Book your home fire safety check here today!

Last modified on July 3rd, 2017 at 11:42 am