If you have been injured in a chip pan fire that was not your fault, you could be entitled to make a chip pan fire accident claim. Over 20 people are killed or injured in kitchen fires every day, and over 4,000 people are injured every year in accidents involving deep fat fryers, according to government statistics. Chip pan fires can occur in the home or in the workplace, and if you have been injured in one through the negligence of a third party then Accident Advice Helpline may be able to assist you in filing a compensation claim.
Chip pan safety
Manually controlled deep fat fryers are usually used to fry up chips, one of Britain’s favourite foods, and so are often referred to as chip pans. They are also regarded as one of the most dangerous items in the typical kitchen. Not only are they highly flammable and volatile, but the instinctive reaction to a fire, that of dowsing it in water, will only make a chip pan fire worse as the water reacts with the fatty oils, potentially causing an explosion. It is very easy for chip pan fires to spread out of control very quickly, producing thick acrid smoke that can easily overcome anyone in the vicinity at the same time as reducing your kitchen to a blackened shell.
To reduce the risk of chip pan fires it is recommended to never fill the pan more than one third full with oil and never to leave the pan unattended. Fires should be smothered with a damp tea towel or preferably tackled with a class F alkaline-based fire extinguisher. Other types of extinguisher may make the fire worse, and certainly you should never introduce water to the flames in any eventuality. Current fire safety advice is to turn off the heat, if possible, and then get out of the kitchen as quickly as you can.
Situations in which you can claim
If you have a chip pan fire in your own kitchen that is purely accidental, you may be able to claim on your home insurance but you would not have grounds for a compensation claim, as the chip pan was your responsibility. To make a successful compensation claim with a law firm like Accident Advice Helpline it must be possible to prove that you were injured through the negligence or irresponsibility of a third party. An example might be if you were working in a restaurant kitchen and a co-worker left a chip pan unattended, or over-filled it, causing a fire. If you were expected to cook with a manual deep fat fryer without receiving proper training, or if the fryer was known to be faulty or poorly maintained, then you might also have grounds for compensation.
If you think this might apply to you then call our free, 24-hour helpline now to speak to one of our friendly trained advisors about your chip pan fire accident claim. All of our expert lawyers work on a no win, no fee* basis, and your initial enquiry places you under no obligation to continue with your claim.
Date Published: May 27, 2015
Author: David Brown