If you are one of the thousands of people injured in chip pan fires in the UK every year, then you may be looking for chip pan fire injury advice. Chip pans are still the most common cause of kitchen fires, but following simple safety guidelines will usually prevent them. Nevertheless, it is possible you were injured in a fire that was caused by the irresponsibility or negligence of a third party. If this is the case you might want to consider making a compensation claim with a reputable law firm like Accident Advice Helpline. We have years of experience in successfully pursuing compensation claims just like yours, in which people have been injured through no fault of their own.
Dealing with a chip pan fire
Manually operated deep fat fryers, or chip pans, should always be operated with the utmost care and attention. Never consider frying chips if you are under the influence of alcohol, even if you think you are not drunk. Never fill the pan more than one third full with oil, and never leave them unattended, even for a moment; this is the most common cause of a chip pan fire. If a fire should start, turn off the heat immediately if it is still safe to do so. Do not attempt to move the pan and whatever you do, do not attempt to douse the flames with water as this can cause a fireball explosion. Similarly, do not attempt to tackle the fire with any fire extinguisher unless you have a Class F alkaline-based extinguisher to hand. A fire can be smothered with a damp cloth or tea towel, but current advice is to leave the kitchen immediately as you can quickly be overcome by smoke as the fire rages out of control.
As mentioned above, a compensation claim is dependent on your chip pan fire injury being the consequence of someone else’s negligence. This is more likely to be the case if your accident happened in the workplace rather than in your home. It is important that you seek medical attention immediately following the accident, whether this is first aid or whether it requires hospital treatment, and that your accident is logged in the work accident book. You should also make a note of any witnesses to your accident who can testify to the chain of events that led up to your injury, and that the primary cause of these events was down to the actions of another party.
If you think you might want to make a compensation claim with Accident Advice Helpline then you should call our free, 24-hour helpline to speak to one of our friendly trained advisors about your chip pan fire injury. Just a few simple questions should enable them to tell you whether you have a claim worth pursuing. If this is the case they will be able to put you in touch with one of our team of expert lawyers, all of whom are prepared to take on your claim on a no win, no fee* basis.