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Chip pans and deep-frying

A substantial number of cooking fires involve chip pans or deep frying with oil or fat.

Modern electric deep fat fryers are much safer than traditional chip pans as they have a safety switch that cuts them off to stop them overheating and catching fire.

Try not to use a traditional chip pan if you can because there's always a high risk of fire. If you do use a traditional chip pan, follow our safety advice:

  • Only ever fill one third full
  • Turn the handle to the side – but not over any of the other cooker rings
  • Fry in small amounts – overfilling could cause spills
  • Make sure food going in it is dry, not dripping wet or covered in ice.

You should never:

  • Deep fry when you’ve been drinking alcohol or taking drugs or if you are feeling tired
  • Leave the pan alone - It only takes a second for a fire to start



For more information on keeping your home safe: