Chip pans being snuffed out in new safety campaign

David Morrell (Regenda health and safety manager)  Ann Crewe, (Regenda resident)  and Julie Simpson (community fire safety advocate at Fleetwood Fire Station) during a fire safety campaign.
David Morrell (Regenda health and safety manager) Ann Crewe, (Regenda resident) and Julie Simpson (community fire safety advocate at Fleetwood Fire Station) during a fire safety campaign.

It’s out with the chip pan and in with the deep fat fryer for some of Fleetwood and Wyre’s older residents.

A new fire safety campaign has been launched which aims to crack down on the chip pan, identified as a major cause of house fires.

The joint safety campaign is being run by housing group Regenda and Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service.

It is aimed at identifying older residents of Regenda housing schemes, and offers a chip pan amnesty as part of a drive to improve fire safety in their homes.

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 Lancashire Fire and Rescue’s fire safety team. At the moment, the amnesty is only being offered to residents of Regenda’s Independent Living Communities, but will later be rolled out to other identified vulnerable residents.

Dave Morrell, Regenda’s health and safety manager, said: “Chip pan fires happen in seconds and can be devastating. We’re helping residents to use safer cooking methods.”