Fire safety advice during Industrial Action
Members of the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) will be taking part in the industrial action between 6.30pm and 11.30pm.
Mark Preece, Area Commander from HWFRS said: “During the firefighter 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.”
“We want to encourage the public in the event of a fire to Get Out, Stay Out and Call 999. The safest option is to evacuate, call for help and let specially trained personnel from the fire service and other emergency services take charge rather than attempting to tackle the fire yourself.”
Area Commander Preece continued “General fire safety messages that we promote throughout the year become even more crucial at times of strike action – people need to take extra care. Of course, 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:
- Make sure you have smoke alarms on at least every level of your home.
- 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.