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Take extra care warning as second Fire Brigades Union strike approaches

18 October 2013

Residents should be reassured that the Fire and Rescue Service will be responding to 999 calls during Saturdays period of strike action, people are being asked to take extra care to prevent fires happening in the first place.

On Saturday 19 October between 18.30hrs and 23.30hrs Fire Brigades Union members will strike for a second time in a dispute with Government over pensions.

Deputy Chief Fire Officer, Dene Sanders said: “We have confidence in our robust plans that will enable us to provide an emergency response service and those plans proved successful during the last period of strike action. However the service will be reduced from what we can ordinarily provide and what the public expect.”

In the lead up to Saturday’s reduced level of service, residents are urged to take these simple safety tips:
•Check your smoke alarm to make sure it works.
•Put cigarettes out properly and dispose of them carefully.
•Take extra care in the kitchen and never leave cooking unattended
•Do not overload electrical sockets and watch out for faulty and over-heating electrical equipment and wiring or cables.
•Plan your escape route and make sure everyone knows how to get out in a fire
•Before going to bed or leaving the house close all internal doors, should a fire break out this will prevent it from spreading.

“As there will be fewer fire engines available to attend incidents during periods of strike it is even more important that people take extra care to keep themselves and their loved ones safe. By carrying out these simple steps the risk of fire can be reduced. I would urge people to share their fire safety plan with family and friends,” DCFO Sanders said.