Firefighters have issued a safety warning after two women, one of whom was heavily pregnant, were injured by a chip pan fire at a house on Wilkinson Way in Chiswick on Friday afternoon.
A Brigade spokesperson said:
“We believe the chip pan was left unattended and caught alight. One of the women attempted to extinguish the fire by pouring a jug of water onto it, which is actually the worst thing you can do, as this can cause the pan to burst into a fireball.
“Both women suffered from burns to their arms and smoke inhalation and were taken to hospital by ambulance.
“We used to advise that people put a damp tea towel over a chip pan fire, but the latest advice is to get out, stay out and call 999. Let the experts deal with the fire.”
The Brigade was called at 15.26 on Friday 17 June and the fire was out by 15.52. Two fire engines and ten firefighters from Chiswick and Acton fire stations attended the incident. Fire damage was contained within the kitchen.
Simply changing the way you cook can prevent fire. Invest in a deep fat fryer or opt for oven chips as an alternative. If you are still using a chip pan or traditional fat fryer in your home be sure to follow these simple rules to reduce fire hazards and cook safely.
In the event of a fire follow these guidelines: