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Co-operative event at Southey Green

16 May 2012

Afternoon at Co-operative, Southey Green Road, Southey Green, Sheffield S5 8HA


South Yorkshire shoppers can pick up cheap oven chips, as part of a major fire service campaign to drive down kitchen fires. 

South Yorkshire Fire & Rescue, in partnership with The Co-operative Group, will be handing out money off coupons alongside fire safety advice at a dozen food stores across the county. 

The events throughout May and June form part of the fire service’s latest efforts to reduce cooking related fires, which account for half of all the house fires it attends. 

The county’s firefighters tackled more than 300 cooking related house fires last year, making up 50 per cent of all the house fires in South Yorkshire. 

Many of those injuries were caused by old fashioned chip pans, which is why SYFR is using money off vouchers for oven chips to encourage shoppers to chuck theirs away. A similar initiative last year helped to reduce cooking fires in South Yorkshire by 13 per cent. 

Diane Malpass, head of community safety, said: “Cooking remains the biggest cause of accidental fires in the home, which is why we’re holding these events to speak to shoppers about basic good practice in the kitchen. 

“It’s perhaps hard to believe, in this day and age, that people still use chip pans. But our data shows they remain a real danger. You wouldn’t fill a container with flammable liquid and light a flame under it, yet using a chip pan poses the same kind of risk. 

“Oven chips or thermostat controlled fryers are much safer, meaning there is no need for people to continue putting their lives at risk in this way.” 

Fire service staff will be visiting locations across South Yorkshire, including a dozen Co-operative Food stores- in Armthorpe, Besscarr, Cantley, Edlington, Firth Park, Southey Green, Firth Park, Gleadless, Greasborough, Mexborough, Southey Green, Stannington and Thurcroft. 

They will be handing out vouchers and meeting shoppers, giving them tips to stay safe in the kitchen, including: 

·         Prepare-  Keep electrical leads and fabrics well away from the hob and never use a chip pan

·         Watch- Keep an eye on cooking at all times and never, ever leave it unattended

·         Switch- Switch off cooking appliances when you have finished cooking and before bed