Firefighters stand with Mary Berry and her views on deep fat fryers

Great British Bake Off star Mary Berry has been criticised by MasterChef judge Gregg Wallace, following her suggestion that no family should own a deep fat fryer. However, fire chiefs have backed Mary Berry following new figures that show fat fryers have caused over 630 house fires in London alone since 2010.

Gregg Wallace argued that Mary Berry’s suggestion was “an attack on our British way of life” however Mary Berry isn’t wrong at all. In fact, deep fat dryers and traditional chip pans can be incredibly dangerous and they cause multiple serious fires every week.

More than 60{a239b2aa571ef05ae9c516dc5a5d09b277caf1d728620f61ac620869cf9df505} of house fires start in the kitchen, usually with more than one a week being caused by deep fat fryers or traditional chip pans. So far this year there have been 42 such fires in London and eight people have been injured in the process.

Here at FireFM we understand you can’t beat a nice portion of chips, however there are some great (and healthier) alternatives to this dangerous method of cooking. However, if you do own a fat fryer or chip pan, please find additional guidance online on how to safely operate these appliances.