Sunday, 17 August 2014

Public thanked as eight days of strike end

East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service is thanking the public for remaining vigilant and taking extra care during eight days of strikes.

The industrial action involving members of the Fire Brigades Union was part of a dispute over pensions with the Government.

An hour long strike took place between 22.59 and 23.59 on 16 August 2014, with contingency crews ready to provide emergency cover but there were no incidents attended during this time.

Members of the public are being reminded that advice given during the strikes is just as relevant as at any other time:

● 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.

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