Strike action prompts safety warning from fire service
East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service is calling on businesses and members of the public to take extra precautions ahead of a strike by the Fire Brigades Union.
FBU members will walk out on the following dates in their dispute with the Government over pensions:
· 2nd May 2014 from noon until 5.00pm
· 3rd May 2014 from 2.00pm until 2.00am on 4th May
· 4th May from 10.00am until 3.00pm
Chief Fire Officer and Chief Executive Des Prichard said: “We are ready to provide cover during the strike action. Crews made up of non-FBU members and retained firefighters will respond to emergencies - giving priority to those where lives are at risk.
While we are committed to doing all we can to protect those who live and work, the level of cover will be reduced and so we need your help to stay safe.
Businesses should check their fire safety measures and homeowners can do simple things like check their smoke alarms and taking extra care while cooking.
Our advice remains the same if you do have a fire, get out, stay out and dial 999. ”
Safety advice can be found at www.esfrs.org
Top five tips for homeowners
1. Fit smoke alarms on each floor in your home, keep them dust-free, and test them once a week.
2. Take care in the kitchen - accidents while cooking account for more than half of fires in the home. Never leave young children unsupervised in the kitchen.
3. Watch out when you are tired or when you've been drinking. Most domestic fires happen between 10pm and 8am.
4. Make an escape plan so that everyone in your home knows how to escape in the event of a fire.
5. Ensure cigarettes are stubbed out and disposed of carefully and never smoke in bed.
Advice for businesses
Ensure that you are up to date with the requirements of current fire safety legislation and in particular:
Have a suitable and sufficient fire risk assessment, which has:
· Identified sources of ignition and fuel and have eliminated, reduced, isolated, and controlled them as far as is reasonably practical.
· Produced an emergency plan.
· Ensured that employees know about the risks present in the workplace.
· Ensured that they know what to do in the event of an emergency.
Maintained the premises and any fire related facilities, equipment and devices
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