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Chip pan fire in pub kitchen

Broadway, Jaywick
16/07/2017 @ 14:20
Incident Number: 58981
In attendance: 1 x Clacton, 1 x Weeley


Firefighters were called to a chip pan fire in the kitchen of a pub in Jaywick.

When fire crews arrived they found the kitchen was full of smoke. All the customers had been evacuated by the pub staff. Firefighters quickly extinguished the fire using a dry powder extinguisher and checked for hot spots using a thermal imaging camera.

One person who was suffering with slight smoke inhalation was given oxygen therapy by crews and was left in the care of the Ambulance Service.

Incidents like this show how easy it is for a fire to break out in any type of kitchen. To make sure you stay as safe as possible in your kitchen follow our kitchen fire safety 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.
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