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TIRELESS WORK: Lynn Ford, above, and pictured with her son Andrew who died in a chip-pan fire in 2005 Main picture by PETER BENN
For the past few months fire stations in Warwickshire have been holding what they call chip-pan amnesties - where people can hand over their old models for the chance of winning an electric deep-fryer.
"On this occasion there is a happy ending, but not all chip-pan fires end in the same way, which is why we are urging residents to hand in their old-style chip pans, and take part in the amnesty, which could win them a new deep-fat fryer."
The family of 22-year-old Andrew Ford, who died in a chip-pan fire in December, said it was a brilliant idea to ask manufacturers and retailers to stop making and selling chip pans.
INVENTOR Jim McConkey felt the heat this week when he put his life- saving chip-pan to the test - in front of a live TV audience.
Do not drink and fry is the message of a new Government campaign to cut the number of deaths caused by chip-pan fires.
Mr Ford's mother Lynn told the inquest an open chip-pan was being used because the deep-fat fryer had stopped working.
The focal point of the fun day event was a demonstration of a chip-pan fire - one of the biggest killers in the home.
"Anyone who can't get along to our chip-pan amnesty who would like to know more about reducing the risk of fire can request a free home fire safety check by contacting their local fire station."
Last year Rugby crews were called out to more chip-pan fires than anywhere else in the county - there were 38 incidents in the town.
Chip-pan fires were blamed for more than 100 fires across the county last year making an average of two a week.
Chip-pan fires were today blamed for more than 100 fires across the county last year - that's two a week.