Friday, 25 October 2013

East Sussex Fire & Rescue reminds public to stay safe amid further strike action

East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service is reminding members of the public of its safety advice following confirmation of further strike action by the Fire Brigades Union.

The FBU has confirmed industrial action will take place on the following days:
  • Friday 1st November between 18.30 and 23.00
  • Monday 4th November between 06.00 and 08.00

We will continue to provide emergency cover during this time, but members of the public are asked to keep themselves safe by following our basic advice.

  • Fit smoke alarms on each floor in your home, keep them dust-free, and test them once a week. Consider buying a ten-year alarm; otherwise change the batteries every year.
  • Take special care when you are tired or when you've been drinking. Most domestic fires happen between 10pm and 8am.
  • Make an escape plan so that everyone in your home knows how to escape in the event of a fire.
  • Keep the exits from your home clear of obstructions so that people can make their escape if there is a fire. Make sure that occupants can find keys for doors and windows easily.
  • Take care in the kitchen - accidents while cooking account for 59% of fires in the home. Never leave young children unsupervised in the kitchen.
  • Take extra care when cooking with hot oil; if you don't use one already, consider buying an electric thermostatically controlled deep fat fryer.
  • Never leave lit candles unattended and ensure that they are in a secure holder on a heat-resistant surface away from flammable materials.
  • Don't overload electrical sockets. Remember one socket - one plug!
  • Keep matches and lighters out of reach of children.
  • Don't leave the TV or other electrical appliances on standby as this could cause a fire. Always switch it off and unplug it when not in use.
  • Ensure cigarettes are stubbed out and disposed of carefully and never smoke in bed.

Further advice and information can be found at

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