Chip pan fire scalds woman

Firefighters are warning to public not to tackle chip pan fires themselves, after a woman suffered burns in Sheffield.

The fire started at around 2pm on Saturday on Liberty Hill and was out when fire crews arrived. But a woman had suffered scalds to her hands after tackling the blaze herself with a damp tea cloth.

“Decades ago fire services used to tell people how to put out a chip pan fire using a damp tea cloth. These fires can get out of control in seconds and even a few drops of water from a tea cloth can cause the oil to expand and explode. Nowadays the advice is to simply get out, stay out and call 999, or even better don’t use a chip pan at all,” a fire service spokesperson said.

South Yorkshire Fire & Rescue still gets called to dozens of chip pan fires every year. Officers are calling on residents to ditch chip pans in favour of oven or takeaway chips instead.

This content was last updated on August 10th, 2015