National Chip Week 17th - 23rd February 2014

National Chip Week

This week Britain is celebrating everyone’s favourite dish – chips!

In just one year, we eat almost 3 billion meals containing chips in the UK alone – that’s a lot of chips!
If you are going to be cooking your own chip shop style chips this week, we advise reading some of our safety tips first. Leaving a chip pan unattended for any length of time can have disastrous results as the oil can easily overheat and ignite. A simple switch from the pan to the oven or a temperature controlled deep-fat fryer can help prevent the worst.

Top Tips

Cooking Chips - National Chip Week
Follow these top tips for a safe way to cook your favourite fries:

  • Never leave a chip pan unattended.
  • Never cook after drinking alcohol - go to the takeaway instead.
  • 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.
  • 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 get the fire and rescue service out by dialling 999.
  • Get smoke alarms fitted on every level of your home and test them weekly.
  • Check that the handle of the pan is not sticking over the edge of the cooker where it could easily be knocked or reached by children.
  • Do not cook when you have been drinking alcohol or taking drugs.


Turn off the heat if it is safe to do so, leave the house closing doors behind you and call 999.

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Chips for National Chip Week
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A chip pan and kitchen fire
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