How to put out a chip pan fire

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How to put out a chip pan fire
Be careful when using a chip pan full of hot grease. (Chips during frying image by Elzbieta Sekowska from

Chip pans use hot oil to cook food and a fire can break out if proper cooking techniques are neglected. It's important to know the proper fire-extinguishing procedure. Do not pour water on the flames because oil floats on top of water and could cause the flames to spread. While generally recommended to leave fire-extinguishing to the professionals, a small chip pan fire can be successfully controlled.

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Things you need

  • Towel
  • Water
  • Baking soda

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  1. 1

    Turn off the heat source to the chip pan, standing as far away from the pan as possible when you do this.

  2. 2

    Hold a towel under running water until it's thoroughly moist. Wring the towel until water no longer drips from because too much water can cause the fire to spread.

  3. 3

    Cover the entire chip pan with the towel. The moist towel will deprive the flames of oxygen, thus putting out the fire.

  4. 4

    Pour baking soda on top of the towel and around the chip pan. Baking soda also will deprive the flames of oxygen.

  5. 5

    Leave the house and call your local fire brigade if the fire is out of control.

Tips and warnings

  • Do not attempt to extinguish a large fire. If you feel uncomfortable with the process, you should leave your home immediately and call the fire brigade.

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