Essex County Fire and Rescue Service


Chip pan advice after fire

Willingale Road, Loughton
27/06/2020 @ 20:39
Incident Number: 125658
In attendance: Loughton x 1, Waltham Abbey x 1

Firefighters have issued safety advice after a chip pan fire.

Crews were called to reports of a kitchen fire in Willingale Road, Loughton at 8.39pm.

Although the fire was out when crews arrived they discovered the occupants had thrown water on a chip pan fire – precisely what you should not do.

Watch Manager Marc Lemon said: "The chip pan caught fire but they threw water on it, causing an explosion.

"Thankfully the fire did not spread and the occupant only suffered minor redness on her arms from the heat – but it could have been a lot worse. Please follow our safety advice if you are using a deep fat fryer."

Crews made sure the fire was fully extinguished by 8.55pm. The cause has been recorded as accidental. 

When deep fat frying:

  • Take care when cooking with hot oil – it sets alight easily.
  • Make sure food is dry before putting it in hot oil so it doesn’t splash.
  • If the oil starts to smoke – it’s too hot.  Turn off the heat and leave it to cool.
  • Use a thermostat controlled electric deep fat fryer. They can’t overheat.
  • If your pan catches fire, turn off the heat if it is safe to do so. Never throw water over it.

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