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Fire safety advice during Industrial Action

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Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Service (HWFRS) is urging members of the public to take extra care during the forthcoming Firefighter industrial action.

The 24 hour strike action will take place Wednesday 25 February, 7.00am until Thursday 26 February, 7.00am. This period of strike action will see HWFRS operating a reduced service.

Station Commander Alan Haley from the Community Risk department HWFRS said "We are encouraging motorists and residents to take extra care during the strikes. We want people to be clear about what to do in the event of a fire. The most important point they need to know is that they will still get an emergency response and they should not be tempted to tackle fires themselves."

He continued: "General fire safety messages that we promote throughout the year become even more crucial at times of strike action. An early alert to a fire in your home is just as important for avoiding injury and damage to property, and we would also like to remind people to install a smoke alarm on every floor of their home and to test each alarm is working on a weekly basis."

He also encouraged people to plan an escape route and to make sure everyone in the house is aware of it.

Other fire safety messages to consider are:

  • Close inside doors at night to help prevent a fire from spreading.
  • Stub cigarettes out properly and dispose of them carefully. Put them out. Right out.
  • 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.
  • Don't tackle a fire yourself. Keep calm and act quickly, get everyone out as soon as possible.

For further information visit the Service website www.hwfire.org.uk or visit @HWFireSafety Twitter feed.

Issued by
Emma Roberts
Senior Community Risk Administrator
01905 368 238