It’s important to know how to put out a chip pan fire.
In terms of household fires, those igniting from a chip pan are among the most common.
In fact, around a fifth of accidental dwelling fires start here, with up to 20 people injured or killed daily.
Their frequency is only matched by the devastation they can cause, so understanding how to cope if a pan fire breaks out is vital for fire safety.
For that reason, LifeSafe has this guide on how to prevent, and how to put out a chip pan fire.
Causes and Prevention
These incidents are overwhelmingly caused by the deep fat frying process, which contains several hazards.
The volume of oil is one of them, so it’s important to remember not to fill up your pan past a third of its capacity.
Also, never leave it unattended, even for a moment.
Fires can ignite at any time, and an unsupervised deep fat fryer is just asking for trouble.
If you’re looking to upgrade your cookware a bit, purchase a thermostatically regulated electric deep fat fryer. It’s a much safer option than your average chip pan and offers a greater degree of control.
If you see smoke emit from the pan, it means the temperature of the oil is too high. You should turn the heat off before it catches fire.
Additionally, ensure anything you put in is completely dried. Wet food in the oil could spit.
Finally, never attempt to use a chip pan if you are under the influence; you need to be in total control when frying.
The value of common sense cannot be overstated. You’re handling a volatile and extremely hot substance, so you can’t afford to make any slip-ups.
What to Do
Don’t take any unnecessary risks; have a clear escape route in mind and stick to it.
Turn the heat off if you can, and don’t move the pan if it’s aflame.
If you’re thinking about dousing it in water, DON’T!
It could cause a huge fireball, which could prove disastrous.
In terms of tackling the fire yourself, your options are limited unless you have a specialised firefighting solution.
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