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Chipping in for safety ...
IT was out with the chip pan and in with the deep fat fryer,as part of a joint safety campaign between housing group Regenda and Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service this week.
The campaign is aimed at identified older residents of Regenda's Independent Living Communities in Wirral, and offers a "chip pan amnesty" as part of a drive to improve fire safety in their homes.
The handover of the deep fat fryers takes place as the first ever Fire Safety Week is held in Merseyside by Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service. The week runs up to tomorrow, Friday October 4.
Each resident who hands in their chip pan will be given a thermostatically controlled deep fat fryer instead, which has been paid for by Regenda and will be set up for them by members of Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service's community fire prevention team.
At the moment, the amnesty is only being offered to residents of the Independent Living Communities, but will later be rolled out to other identified vulnerable residents.
The partnership will also be replicated in other areas across the North West.
Dave Morrell, Regenda's Health and Safety Manager, said: "Chip pan fires can happen in seconds, and can have a devastating effect.
"The aim of our amnesty is to encourage our residents to use safer cooking methods, by providing them free of charge with a far safer piece of equipment - a thermostatically controlled deep fat fryer that still allows them to cook their own chips, but without the risk of ignition."
Jenny Welsh, Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service Wirral district prevention Manager, said: "Working on this initiative with Regenda has allowed us to make contact with some potentially vulnerable local people, help them to live and cook more safely and also offer them fire safety advice in their own homes.
"Cooking-related fires are a major cause for call-outs for the Service, and we are keen to do anything we can to help people stay safe."
CHIP PAN FACT FILE:
- Chip pans are especially dangerous as they can ignite quickly, giving off thick toxic smoke that can suffocate and potentially kill within minutes.
- Across Wirral, between January 1, 2010, and September 16, 2013, there were 543 cooking-related fires in properties.
FRYING TONIGHT? SOME CHIP PAN FIRE ADVICE:
- Avoid cooking chips on the hob, especially late at night or if you have consumed any alcohol.
- Switch to a thermostatically controlled deep fat fryer.
- Make sure you have smoke alarms fitted on each level of your home and check them regularly - Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service offers free Home Fire Safety Checks to help with this, call 0800 731 5958.
- If there is a fire, don't try and tackle it - get everyone out and call 999. Remember, if you discover a fire get out, stay out and call 999.
The chip pan amnesty took place on the day that saw Fire Safety Week's focus turned to kitchen fire safety.
* In total Regenda has funded 30 deep fat fryers to help make people safer from the risk of experiencing a fire.
More information on the week can be found at www.merseyfire.gov.uk Residents from Finch Court, St Anne Street, Birkenhead, who have taken advantage of the chip pan amnesty.
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