Businesses, community groups and employers are being urged to share advice from East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service ahead of a strike by members of the Fire Brigades Union.
A walk out will begin on 10th July 2014 from 10.00 hours until 10th July 2014 at 19.00 hours, as part of the ongoing dispute with the Government over pensions.
Chief Fire Officer and Chief Executive Des Prichard said: “We know there is a really strong sense of community in East Sussex and the City of Brighton and Hove. We hope that people will look out for each other, will take action to make their homes, businesses and workplaces safer as well as pass on our advice to others.”
“We will have contingency crews on duty but obviously this is a smaller number of staff than on a non-strike day. We will respond to life threatening incidents but want to make sure we also reduce the number of smaller incidents such as bonfires or false alarms caused by faulty equipment.
If you do have an automatic alarm, make sure it is functioning properly, that you know who is in charge of it and you know what to do if it goes off.
Lifts are another area of concern. Make sure there are clear instructions inside the lift just in case it breaks down. Have the lift engineers number to hand and check when it was last serviced.”
Pass it on and Stay SAFE
Smoke alarms save lives – fit them properly and test them regularly
Avoid distractions – whether behind the wheel, out and about or cooking paying attention helps keep you safe
Family and friends might need help – check in on them and share our advice
Escape routes should be planned and explained to everyone in your home
People are being asked to help spread safety messages ahead of the strike. A new poster has been created, which can be printed out to put up in offices, businesses, shops and blocks of flats.
You can also find us on Twitter and Facebook and retweet or share our posts.
Additional safety advice can be found at www.esfrs.org