A national campaign backed by Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service has seen dozens of people sign up for free Home Fire Risk Checks.
"The safety demonstrations went down really well and attracted large crowds of people, many of whom were shocked to see just how quickly a chip pan can go up in flames."
Carmel Warren - Prevent Manager for the west of the county
Firefighters and Community Safety Officers from the west of the county took to the streets to raise awareness of the risks posed by chip pans as part of National Chip Week (Feb 17-23).
They carried out demonstrations to show the potential danger of cooking with chip pans and gave out top tips on how to stay safe in the kitchen.
As a direct result of the events 24 people have booked Home Fire Risk Checks.
Carmel Warren, Prevent Manager for the west of the county, said: “The safety demonstrations went down really well and attracted large crowds of people, many of whom were shocked to see just how quickly a chip pan can go up in flames.
“We wanted to use National Chip Week as an opportunity to get out and about, talk to members of the community and educate them of potential dangers associated with chip pans and how to avoid falling victim to them. This is really important as in 2013 there were 58 fires involving chip pans and deep fat fryers in Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent – 19 of which were in the west of the county. Judging by the enthusiastic uptake of our Home Fire Risk Checks I would say that the message was received loud and clear.
“I would urge anyone who is concerned about their own safety in the home or the safety of vulnerable or elderly friends or relatives to book a HFRC. It could end up being a life-saver.”
The HFRCs are free and available to anyone who lives in Staffordshire or Stoke-on-Trent. People can arrange for crew members or trained technicians to visit their home at a time that is convenient for them.
They will speak to residents about safety in the home and, using this information, try to identify and minimise risk from fire. If a property does not have working smoke alarms, the Service will fit them.
To book a HFRC call Freephone 0800 0241 999, text 07528 983101 or visit www.staffordshirefire.gov.uk/bookyourhfrc.asp