During these visits almost 500 smoke alarms, 177 additional long life batteries, nearly 200 fused extension cables, 62 thermostatically controlled deep fat
fryers, eight domestic fire blankets and five domestic fire extinguishers have been fitted.
are urging people to exchange their chip pans for deep fat
fryers after a blaze in a Coventry home in early yesterday.
Fire chiefs are reminding people of the dangers of chip pans and advising them to bin them and replace them with safer deep fat
He added that a thermostatic deep fat
fryer, which switches off if it overheats, can cost as little as pounds 20.
Each station will have a limited number of vouchers people can use towards buying a deep fat
fryer, provided they hand in old pans.
As part of the checks, firemen are fitting free smoke detectors, and in some areas, can replace chip pans with a thermostatically controlled deep fat
fryer for free.
Take a chip pan to one of two Teesside venues on Monday and you can buy a deep fat
fryer for pounds 5.
Family of man killed in pan fire back deep fat
"The first lesson is get a deep fat
fryer - they are much safer.
"We recommend that people who deep-fry food use a deep fat
fryer instead of the old-fashioned chip pan.
And he also stressed the value of safe, thermostatic deep fat
Chris Lowther, Brigade community safety group manager, said: "If people thought about the damage a chip pan fire can cause to their home, never mind the potential injuries they and their families could sustain, they would seriously think about using a thermostatically controlled deep fat
fryer, or not frying at all.