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Frying without fear

Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service has launched a new initiative aimed at reducing fire related injuries caused by commercial deep fat fryers. 

Group Manager Darren Boddy, Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service, said:  “We have had to deal with several fires caused by deep fat fryers at takeaways and restaurants in the area recently caused by lack of training, misuse of equipment, faulty appliances and poor maintenance.  

"It has also been identified through our post fire audits and risk based engagement programme that many of these premises have fire safety deficiencies and many owners are not aware of their responsibilities under the RRO (Fire Safety) Order 2005. To reduce this risk, Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service will be targeting this sector of our local business community to raise awareness of basic fire safety with the ultimate aim of zero fire related deaths and injuries within this industry.”

How to stay safe...

Stay safe -

  • Keep an up to date fire risk assessment
  • Clean oil regularly
  • Carry out staff training and regular drills
  • Regularly maintain your filters, grease traps, extractors, fryers, ranges and thermostats 
  • Keep fire escape routes clear
  • Fit thermostatic controls and cut off valves
  • Invest in appropriate extinguishing equipment
  • Keep an up to date fire precautions log book to record the above
  • Fire Safety Advice Leaflet for Restaurants and Fast Food Outlets
Chip Pan fire demo

Watch the video

This domestic reconstruction shows the devastating consequences when hot oil burns.  The outcome of such a fire could be significantly magnified if it involved a commercial deep fat fryer.

What to do...

In the event of a fire -

  • Alert all staff
  • Call 999
  • Switch off Services
  • Shut lids to fryers
  • Close all doors
  • Get out, stay out