I am sure that readers of a certain age (I include myself in that category) well remember either the live demonstrations or information films made by the firebrigade about the dangers of chip pan fires, and how to put them out safely.
Given that Britain is still a nation of chip eaters, we built our empire on chips, you would have thought that such a safety campaign would be as relevant today as it was some 30 years or so ago.
True enough, except for one small problem; Nanny believes that the demonstration itself is in fact dangerous.
Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service recently banned firemen from demonstrating how to put out chip pan fires to school children, due to our old "friend" health and safety.
I would have thought that a chip pan fire was in fact a major health and safety hazard, but what the fark do I know?
For decades fire crews have visited schools to deliver safety talks, and give practical demonstrations of the best way to extinguish fires.
However, Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service has now withdrawn the chip ban demonstration for schoolchildren in case it encourages children to tackle one at home.
Errmmm...isn't that the idea?
Surely the kids should be taught how to protect themselves?
Isn't that kind of a useful tool for life?
Seemingly not, instead the pupils will be handed leaflets and given instructions telling them what they should do in the event of a hot oil blaze occurring at home.
Firemen and parents needless to say think that the idea is bonkers, and say children need to be shown how to deal with an emergency.
During a traditional chip ban fire demonstration, a mock kitchen is used to show how fiercely the fires develop and "flashover" — where all combustible material in a space suddenly ignites — occurs.
Unless the kids are shown what can happen, and what to do (use a damp cloth, do not use water), they will instinctively pour water on it and cause an explosion.
I repeat, how on earth is denying the kids this very useful lesson protecting them?
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