Reducing the risk of fires during industrial action
During the industrial action, planned for Wednesday 25 September between 12pm and 4pm, (HWFRS) will be providing a basic level of service, so is asking for help from the local community.
Area Commander Jon Pryce, Head of Operations for Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Service, 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 steps to 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.
“Smoke detectors provide an early warning of a fire and can give occupants vital extra minutes to escape, especially at night. But a smoke alarm can only save your life if it is working and the battery is checked regularly.”
More than 50% of fires attended by Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Service start in the kitchen, so people are asked to take particular care when cooking.
If you do have a fire, get out of the house, stay out and call 999.