A firm favourite in the events calendar, the 23rd Annual Chip Week (17-23 February 2014) is setting out to celebrate this great British favourite with events and activities in fish and chip shops and restaurants across the country …
Don’t Get Fried During National Chip Week!
Organised by the Potato Council, National Chip Week encourages people to enjoy chips in all shapes and sizes – from homemade to take away, frozen from the supermarket to those enjoyed in restaurants.
However ‘Fire Kills’, the UK Government’s fire safety campaign, has joined forces with National Chip Week to promote safety messages associated with cooking chips at home. The key messages are:
Take care when cooking with oil – it sets alight easily.
If the oil starts to smoke, it’s too hot. Turn off the heat and leave it to cool.
Use a thermostat controlled electric deep fat fryer for chips. They can’t overheat.
Do not leave cooking unattended and avoid children being alone in the kitchen when cooking on the hob.
Don’t overfill a chip pan with oil – never fill it more than one third full.
Make sure food is dry before putting it in hot oil so it doesn’t splash.
If a pan fire starts, the advice is to – if safe to do so – turn off the heat, get out and call the emergency services! Never try and put it out with water or use a fire blanket.
Heat alarms are used in rooms where smoke or mist are frequently parts of the normal atmosphere, such as kitchens or garages where normal smoke detectors would not be effective. To maximise protection, heat alarms should be interconnected with smoke alarms in the property.Smoke alarms are too sensitive to install in the kitchen so instead heat alarms could be installed. These devices are designed to respond when the convective thermal energy of a fire increases the temperature of a heat sensitive element.
The only types of fire extinguishers that can be used on deep fat fryer fires (known as Class F) are Wet Chemical extinguishers or ‘dry’ water mist extinguishers. Dry water mist extinguishers are relatively new on the market and have a unique ‘supersonic nozzle’ which creates a microscopic mist curtain, reducing the oxygen content and creating a highly effective cooling blanket on the burning material. There are no chemicals involved so any food in the vicinity will not be harmed.
Until next time …Do enjoy partaking in National Chip Week but most of all, be safe! If you have any questions call me on 0330 6600264 as I can advise you on smoke and heat alarms, extinguishers and the best thing to do in case of a fire whilst your cooking.