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Chip pan warning after fire in Drury


A fire officer has issued a warning about the dangers of leaving cooking unattended following a chip pan fire at Buckley yesterday.


An appliance from Buckley was mobilised to a property at Pinewood Road, Drury after the occupant was alerted to a fire in the kitchen by a smoke alarm installed by North Wales Fire and Rescue Service.


Dave Roberts, Partnership Manager for Flintshire and Wrexham said: “The occupier carried the chip pan out of the property and by doing this suffered burns to his arms and head. We would like to emphasis that in the event of a fire please close the door if you can and leave the property and dial 999. Do not try to tackle the fire yourself or remove items that are on fire.


“This man was taken to hospital suffering from his burns.


“The fire was confined to the kitchen area and caused 100% smoke damage to the kitchen and completely destroyed the chip pan.


“Leaving a chip pan unattended for any length of time can have disastrous results as the oil can easily overheat and ignite – even the smallest distraction could lead to a fire in a matter of moments.


“Oven chips or air fryers are safer as well as being healthier, but if you do choose to deep fat fry please don’t leave the pan unattended. If your chip pan does ignite, don’t throw water over it. Get out, stay out and call 999. Never tackle a fire yourself.


“Better still – throw away your old style chip pan altogether and use a thermostatically controlled deep fat fryer.”


 “It only takes a few minutes for a small fire to develop into one that is serious and life threatening. If you're asleep and a fire breaks out, you're in serious trouble - just a couple of breaths of smoke can be enough to knock you completely unconscious.”


If you do choose to deep fat fry your chips, follow our top tips to reduce your risk of fire;


• Don’t overfill a chip pan with oil – never fill it more than one-third full

• Be careful that it doesn’t overheat - hot oil can catch fire easily

• Use a thermostat-controlled deep-fat fryer, which will make sure the fat doesn’t get too hot

   • Never throw water on a chip pan fire

• Got the post pub munchies? Don’t cook after drinking alcohol

• In the event of a fire, have an escape route in place

• Don’t take risks by tackling a fire. Get out, stay out and call 999

• Get a smoke alarm and test it regularly


North Wales Fire and Rescue Service offers free home fire safety checks, where a member of the Service will visit your home, give fire safety hints and tips, help you to formulate a fire escape plan and fit new alarms - all free of charge. This service is available to all residents in North Wales.


To register for a free home fire safety check, please call the bilingual 24 hour free hotline on 0800 169 1234 or visit

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