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Fire chiefs issue safety warning ahead of strike
FIRE chiefs are urging residents and businesses to take extra care during the firefighters' strike scheduled to take place this weekend.
All forces in the region will be providing a reduced service when members of the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) walk out in a dispute over pensions on Saturday between 6.30pm and 11.30pm.
Ian Hayton, Cleveland Fire Brigade chief fire officer said: “While the industrial action is ongoing we will still be responding to 999 calls, but we are asking members of the public to take extra care and reduce the risk of a fire breaking out in their home.
“Fires can start for a variety of reasons, from cooking being left unattended, to electrical faults or candles being placed too close to furnishings.
"The best advice we can give is for everyone to ensure they have a smoke alarm in their home and to check the battery is working at least once a week.”
Stuart Errington, deputy chief fire officer for Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue Service, added that the industrial action would take place during a potentially busy period.
“We are asking businesses and members of the public to play their part in preventing fires and other emergency incidents taking place.
“One of the most important actions that everyone can take is to make sure that there are working smoke alarms fitted on each floor of their property. These alarms give early warning of fire and extra time to get out safely – they can mean the difference between life and death. “
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