South Yorkshire Fire & Rescue - Working For a Safer South Yorkshire

Supermarket in chip pan safety message

06 February 2012

Supermarket giant Asda has vowed not to promote chip pans to customers after criticism by South Yorkshire Fire & Rescue (SYFR) over an ad in the retailer's monthly magazine.


SYFR expressed disappointment that the supermarket was marking national chip week (February 20 to 26) by encouraging shoppers to buy a cut price chip pan in the February edition of ‘Asda’ mag.


Chip pans are one of the biggest causes of accidental fire deaths and injury in the home, causing hundreds of injuries and several fatalities in the UK every year. In South Yorkshire alone, chip pans have caused more than 500 house fires since 2007, killing two people and injuring more than 100.


But following SYFR’s comments, a spokesman for Asda told The Star newspaper: “Our intention was to promote ways for families to participate in National Chip Week.


“The Asda Magazine team would like to thank the South Yorkshire Fire & Rescue for pointing out our oversight.


“They have our word we won’t promote chip pans in the future.”


Diane Malpass, South Yorkshire Fire & Rescue’s (SYFR) head of community safety, said: “It’s perhaps hard to believe, in this day and age, that people still use chip pans. But our data shows they remain a real and present danger. You wouldn’t fill a container with flammable liquid and light a flame under it, yet using a chip pan poses the same kind of danger.


“Oven chips or thermostat controlled fryers are much safer, meaning there is no need whatsoever for people to continue putting their lives at risk.”

Last year, SYFR ran a successful cooking fire safety campaign which helped cut kitchen fires by 13%. The campaign included encouraging people to chuck out their chip pan by giving away vouchers for money off oven chips at The Co-operative Group.

You can read full story in The Star by clicking here


Fire service advice on staying safe in the kitchen includes:

·         Never use a chip pan. Thermostat controlled fryers or oven chips are much safer

·         Keep electrical leads and tea towels well away from the hob

·         Never, ever leave cooking unattended

·         Turn off cooking appliances after use and before you go to bed at night