Firefighters warn on ‘old-fashioned’ chip pans
FIREFIGHTERS are warning about the dangers of chip pans after a house fire in Skelmersdale.
Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service was called after a blaze broke out at 7.30pm on Friday at a home in Daniels Lane, Digmoor.
Although the flames had already gone out when firefighters arrived at the scene, the service is again urging people to be cautious when cooking with oil.
Crews used a thermal imaging camera, ventilation unit and some small tools at the incident to make the scene safe.
There were no casualties reported and crews were in attendance at the scene for approximately 20 minutes.
Advice from the fire service includes: never filling a pan more than one-third full with oil, using a thermostatcontrolled deep fat fryer to avoid overheating; and taking pans off heat when distracted or called away from the cooker.
A Lancashire Fire and Rescue spokesman said: “We strongly recommend that people do not use the ‘old-fashioned’ chip pans and use a deep fat fryer which comes with a built-in thermostat.
“Also, when cooking, to stay with the cooking and ensure that all the hobs are turned off afterwards.”
An unattended chip pan in the kitchen can soon become an inferno. Cooking fires account for around half the accidental fires in the home in Lancashire every year