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Hand In Your Pan: Chip Pan Amnesty!

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09-Feb-2007

Hand in your pan: Chip Pan Amnesty!
National Chip Week: 12th – 18th February 2007


Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service is marking National Chip Week by holding a chip pan amnesty.

The public are urged to take their drained chip pan into one of twelve fire stations across the county. They will then be entered into a prize draw to win one of 50 brand new deep fat fryers, which are being given away across the county.

Chip pans are a major cause of house fires, from 2004 – 2006 Staffordshire firefighters have been called to nearly 200 chip pan incidents, which have resulted in 38 casualties and three fatalities.

Chief Fire Officer/Chief Executive, Alan Doig says: “Since 2004 we have seen a significant reduction in chip pan fires however there are still enough incidents to cause considerable concern. Chip pans are extremely dangerous; they can very quickly overheat and then ignite. We really do urge the public to hand in their pan, there are much safer methods of cooking chips and the same taste can be achieved using a deep fat fryer “.

Chairman of the Fire and Rescue Authority, Derek Davis commented: “This Authority is totally committed to reduce chip pan fires in our County and National Chip Week provides an ideal opportunity to raise awareness of the dangers relating to open chip pans. If disaster strikes and there is a fire in your kitchen the revised guidance is – Get Out, Stay Out and dial 999!”

For those people who insist on using a chip pan, it should be noted that advice on how to tackle a chip pan fire has now been changed. Previous information advised putting a damp tea towel over a chip pan fire. However following serious incidents nationwide the new advice is to get out, stay out and dial 999.

Also the following safety tips should be followed:
• Don’t overfill a chip pan with oil – never fill it more than one-third full.
• Don’t cook after drinking alcohol.
• Don’t take risks by tackling a fire.
• Don’t throw water on a chip pan fire.
• In the event of a fire, have an escape route in place.
• Get a 10-year battery smoke alarm and test it regularly.

The public can take their chip pans into one of the below stations between 9am – 4pm from Monday 12th February to Sunday 18th February. They will then be asked to fill out a form with their contact details and they will then be entered into a prize draw to win one of 50 deep fat fryers.

Chip Pan Amnesty Stations:
Burslem, Burton, Cannock, Codsall, Hanley, Leek, Lichfield, Longton, Kidsgrove, Newcastle, Stafford, Tamworth.

For non emergency enquiries about Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service or to book a free Home Fire Risk Check contact: 08451 22 11 55 or log onto: www.staffordshirefire.gov.uk or www.firekills.gov.uk. In an emergency dial 999.

For more information about this story please contact the Media Office on 01785 898941

E-mail : press.enquiries@staffordshirefire.gov.uk