National Chip Week Fire Safety Tips

ChipsChips are one of the nation’s favourite foods. The National Chip Week (16th – 22nd February) celebrates this passion in a fun way encouraging everyone to eat chips, vote for their favourite condiment and the best chip shop and to share ideas and recipes.

However, with over half of last year’s domestic fires being linked to cooking there is a serious side to this national celebration. Over 3,000 people were injured last year in kitchen fires, many of which involved deep fat fryers. With this in mind we would like to remind everyone planning to cook chips of some fire safety tips.

– If possible use a thermostatically controlled deep fat fryer, the thermostat regulates the temperature of the fat and prevents overheating.

– Look out for signs of the oil overheating, if it starts to smoke, the oil is too hot. Turn off the heat or remove from the source of heat and leave to cool.

– Oil can ignite very quickly if splashed onto hot surfaces. Care should therefore be taken not to overfill chip pans (it is recommended that the pan is no more than a third full of oil)

– Never cook with oil after consuming alcohol and always attend to your cooking, never leave the room with a pan still cooking. A chip pan can ignite very quickly. ALWAYS supervise cooking with oil.

– Should your chip pan ignite ensure that you and any occupants of the house are safe. Call 999 and leave the house, closing doors and windows as you go.

– If you are able to, turn off the heat, never try to move a burning chip pan. Burning oil may spill and spread the fire. If you are confident in doing so, use a fire blanket or a fire extinguisher, such as a water mist fire extinguisher or a wet chemical extinguisher

– Think of safer ways to cook chips, oven chips and air fryers are not only safer but healthier ways to enjoy your chips this week.

Lastly, before embarking on cooking chips and joining in the general celebration of the humble chips, check that your smoke alarms and heat alarms are working. A smoke alarm will alert occupants of a fire, giving them precious seconds to evacuate.

Water Mist Fire Extinguishers are now also Kitemarked

Our broad-spectrum E-series water mist fire extinguishers from Jewel Saffire have always been rigorously tested and certified to the very latest standards. They were certified by LPCB, one of the leading international certification bodies. LPCB certification is part of the BRE (Building Research Establishment). On top of this certification, a second certification body BSI has now certified the water mist extinguishers and added their particular stamp to the product. The BSI’s certification stamp, often called the ‘kitemark’ can now be used in marketing materials and on the product. While this is superfluous to requirements, the ‘kitemark’ is a well recognised and trusted symbol and helps to market products.

Our water mist extinguishers cover a very broad spectrum of fire risks, including traditional burning solids such as wood and paper, as well as burning liquids, gas and cooking fats. They are even safe and efficient on electrical fires (as long as a safety distance of 1m is adhered to). They tackle difficult fires, such as clothing fires and Christmas tree fires, are entirely harmless in their use and are environmentally friendly, as they only contain water. They also create a thermal shield between user and the fire and even clear the acrid smoke of fires. Safelincs recommends these extinguishers in particular for homes, professional kitchens, restaurants, churches, schools, nurseries, although the extinguishers are, of course, also suitable for general use and office areas. Landlords also benefit from these extinguishers, as the tenants will only require one type of extinguisher for all risks and do not have to learn how to use a selection of extinguishers for the different risks. They also have the added benefit of not requiring any cleaning up should the extinguisher be set off accidentally, as the water mist disperses into the air.

The water mist extinguishers are available in three sizes: a 1 litre version mainly for domestic and landlord applications and a 3 and 6 litre range for businesses and organisations.

New Water Mist Fire Extinguishers

The new E-Series water mist fire extinguishers from Jewel Saffire present a ground-breaking step in fire fighting. Using de-mineralised water, the water mist extinguishers use low pressure and a supersonic micron nozzle to discharge 100% environmentally friendly water in a fine mist. This mist expels oxygen from the surrounding environment to cut off the supply that keeps the fire burning. Once the fire is extinguished, the water mist then acts as a cooling blanket to soak into the burning fuel and prevent re-ignition.

After discharging a water mist fire extinguisher, the clean-up is quick and easy, with most of the water agent evaporating upon contact with the fire. These extinguishers are perfect for kitchens and food prep areas (where traditional powder or wet chemicals would usually leave a messy, poisonous residue and may involve having to shut down for a period) or areas where the contents are paper based or valuable. The extinguishers are also suitable for boats and other confined spaces. The LPCB approval on these extinguishers certifies ratings of up to 13A, 21B and 75F (on the 6litre model), unheard of for water fire extinguishers. Having passed a 35kV dielectrical test, water mist extinguishers are safe to use around electrical equipment without endangering the user.

Take a look at the full range of water mist fire extinguishers, exclusively available online from Safelincs.