Firefighters step up chip pan campaign

102753 - Kitchen Safety Posters A4 - 3 ChipCHUCK OUT YOUR CHIP PAN! – that’s the message that Cleveland Fire Brigade will be hammering home to residents in the coming days to help people stay safe.

The campaign coincides with National Chip Week (February 16-22) and forms part of the Brigade’s month-long efforts during February to highlight the hazards in the kitchen – the most dangerous room in the home.

Last year, almost 50% of accidental house fires started in the kitchen – the main causes being cooking left unattended, chip pans and unclean grill pans.

As part of the campaign, Coulby Newham Fire Station will be opening its doors to the public on Monday 16 February between 12noon and 3pm when there will be chip pan fire demonstrations and safety advice given out to visitors.

Also, during National Chip Week, Cleveland Fire Support Network (CFSN) – a volunteer organisation that works alongside the Brigade promoting fire safety – will be visiting a number of residential homes and establishments for older people to drive home key safety messages.

John Feeney, Cleveland Fire Brigade’s District Manager for Middlesbrough and Redcar, said: “We cannot emphasise enough the dangers that lie in the kitchen. Our message is quite simple: Chuck out Your Chip Pan – it could save your life!

“Once a chip pan catches fire it can cause devastation in minutes, putting lives at serious risk. Our advice to people is to have oven baked chips instead but if you must have deep fried chips, then buy them from a fish and chip shop or a takeaway.”

Heather Whyman, Chief Executive of the CFSN, added: “During National Chip Week our focus will be on residential homes and establishments for older people to remind people about the simple tips to avoid a tragedy in the home.

“This is a really important campaign because around a half of house fires start in the kitchen. We will be reaching out to as many people as possible. In particular, we will be targeting people who we feel are at the highest risk and ensure that we give them the right advice and support.

“Through the Network we are able to help people in lots of ways and also fit free sensory loss alarms for those with a hearing impairment in certain circumstances.”

Establishments which will receive a visit from CFSN are as follows:

Monday 16 February

10am – North Ormesby Resource Centre

1.30pm – The Gables, Middlesbrough

Tuesday 17 February

10am – Major Cooper Court, Hartlepool

1pm – Runswick House, Middlesbrough

Wednesday 18 February

10am – Prospect Place, Lingdale

1pm – Kemplan House, Guisborough

Thursday 19 February

10am – Hartfields Retirement Village, Hartlepool

1pm – The Maple, Stockton-on-Tees

Friday 20 February

10am North Ormesby Resource Centre

2pm – Rosedale Court, Middlesbrough