Make-up used in fire safety drive

Student :Abi Clarke (left) with model Sarah Walker
Student :Abi Clarke (left) with model Sarah Walker
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A media make-up student is using her skills to help fire service bosses to shock residents into ditching their chip pans.

Abi Clarke, aged 25, who is studying at Sheffield College, is being taught how to use make-up for TV, films and stage and is using her skills at creating ‘burns’ to help South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue promote its fire safety messages.

Fire chiefs are using images of the ‘burns’ to encourage residents to stop using chip pans in a bid to reduce the number of kitchen blazes.

Every year South Yorkshire fire crews are called out to 300 cooking-related incidents last year alone.

Abi, who also runs her own business – Beauty By Abi – said: “I’ve always been fascinated by TV make-up, but I wanted to see if my work was realistic enough to look like the real thing.

“Hopefully, the results are believable enough that they will make people think twice before using a chip pan, or attempting to tackle a fire if one does break out in their home.”

Kevin Ronan, South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue’s head of community safety, said: “Chip pan fires wreck everything. They destroy your kitchen and can seriously burn and injure.

“We’ll try anything to get people to ditch chip pans, including showing them pictures like this to explain to them the damage and injuries they could cause.

“Even small cooking fires can produce a lot of smoke that gets into all of your furnishings, all over your walls and makes it hard to breathe, putting your life at risk.

Residents are advised to clean out ovens and grills regularly to avoid a build-up of fat and grease; never leave cooking unattended and switch off equipment after use; ditch old-fashioned chip pans – use oven chips or thermostat controlled fryers instead.

Kevin added: “Don’t attempt to cook if you’ve been out drinking – buy a takeaway instead.”

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