Essex County Fire and Rescue Service


Chip pan fire

Hawtree Close, Southend
08/02/2016 @ 07:51
Incident Number: 1864
In attendance: 2 x Southend 1 x Leigh

Firefighters responded to a call that chip pan was on fire in flat in Southend.

The fire was reported to have started in a home within a multi-storey building.

It was extinguished on arrival before firefighters carried out a safety inspection of the property.

Almost 75 per cent of house fires start in the kitchen with ECFRS attending 1,500 fires in three years.

To make sure you stay as safe as possible in the kitchen, we have offered the following advice:

•Avoid leaving cooking unattended and never leave children in the kitchen alone.
•Take care if you’re wearing loose clothing – they can easily catch fire.
•Keep tea towels and cloths away from the cooker and hob.
•Check toasters are clean and placed away from curtains and kitchen rolls.
•Keep the oven, hob and grill clean and in good working order. A build-up of fat and grease can ignite a fire.
•Take care when cooking with hot oil – it sets alight easily. If the oil starts to smoke – it’s too hot. Turn off the heat and leave it to cool. Ideally cook oven chips but if you are deep fat frying then use a thermostat controlled electric deep fat fryer - they can’t overheat.
•Never try to cook after a night out drinking. It is far better to grab a kebab on the way home than to attempt to cook while intoxicated.

The best way to stay safe in the home is to fit and regularly test smoke alarms. If you would like to arrange for a free home fire safety visit, during which smoke alarms will be fitted free of charge, then call us on 0300 303 0088 or email


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