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Oldham firefighters shake up National Chip Week to say Ban The Pan

FIREFIGHTERS across Oldham are using National Chip Week to urge people to ditch their chip pans and Ban the Pan.

They are taking Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service's (GMFRS) Kitchen Fire Safety Unit (KFSU) on a tour of local ASDA stores to show how dangerous a chip pan fire can be and asking people to swap them for safer alternatives like oven chips.

National Chip Week runs from Monday, February 18 until Friday, February 22.

It comes just days after two pensioners aged 77 and 95 were treated for smoke inhalation after a chip pan fire at their house in the Moorhey area of the town when crews from Oldham Fire Station were called to a house on Erith Road on Sunday, February 10.

On Wednesday, February 20, the KFSU was at ASDA in Chadderton and Borough Manager Kevin Talbot said: "Everyone loves chips but we're using National Chip Week to highlight how dangerous chip pan fires can be using the KFSU which shows how huge the flames can be.

"We want people to Ban the Pan and turn instead to oven chips or deep fat fryers, which are much safer alternatives.

"February is Cooking Fire Safety Month and it's important to take care in the kitchen and not to leave cooking of any kind unattended because it only takes a second for a serious fire to start."


During the last six months from August, 60 per cent of the accidental fires in homes in Oldham were related to cooking in one way or another.

The tour of Oldham supermarkets comes as GMFRS firefighters join the latest viral video craze with @manchesterfire uploading its very own Harlem Shake offering which also encourages people to Ban the Pan.

Chair of Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Authority, Councillor David Acton, said: "Chip pans are incredibly dangerous and at GMFRS we want people to get rid of chip pans and Ban the Pan.

"To help get the message through to people we decided to do our own version of the Harlem Shake, found what costumes we could to get into the spirit of it and threw in our Ban the Pan signs to mark Cooking Fire Safety Month.

"GMFRS is continually trying to reach people and help them be safer in different ways - with them using more and more videos in recent times."

The KFSU will move to ASDA in Hollins on Friday, February 22 and ASDA in Shaw on Monday, February 25 with demonstrations at 11am and 2pm.

Borough Manager Kevin Talbot added: "When cooking fried food, dry it before you put it in the hot oil. If the oil starts to smoke, turn off the heat and leave the pan to cool. Never fill the pan more than one-third full of oil and never throw water over the pan.

To view the Harlem Shake @manchesterfire style, go to GMFRS' YouTube Channel  

For more advice about safety in the kitchen go to

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Last update: 20/02/2013 13:48:13
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