Northwards saves lives with ‘Ban the Pan’ Campaign

Our Wardens with the mountain of pans they've collected!
Our wardens with the mountain of pans they've collected!

Fire chiefs say lives have been saved after our ‘ban the pan’ campaign!

We launched a chip pan amnesty in December, asking tenants with chip pans to contact us if they wanted to swap them for a brand new deep fat fryer instead.

Our wardens removed the old chip pans and even set up the deep fat fryers, ready for tasty chips. They removed over 130 chip pans from north Manchester homes – and bosses at Greater Manchester Fire Brigade say they’ve helped to save lives.

Last year, 29 people were injured in cooking fires and a number of these were caused by chip pans. As part of the service, the wardens also checked to see if tenants needed any more help from the fire brigade and passed on the details of those who asked for smoke alarms or any other advice.

It also helped save money – it costs a lot to renovate properties after serious fires!

Mike Stevens, director of neighbourhood services, said: “We want to do anything we can to reduce the number of fires we have in our homes.

“We initially launched the programme with just 100 deep fat fryers, but it proved really popular, so we extended it. We’re really proud that we’ve been able to make our homes safer and hopefully save lives.”

Chair of Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Authority, Councillor David Acton, said: “We’re delighted Northwards Housing has been helping tenants replace old chip pans with brand new deep fat fryers.

“Chip pans are incredibly dangerous and we’re encouraging everyone to ban the pan and swap chip pans for safer alternatives.”

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