Sunday, 2 November 2014

Bad weather prompts road safety warning during ongoing strike action

East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service is urging road users to stay alert during ongoing strike action, as bad weather is forecast for the next couple of days.

Industrial action by members of the Fire Brigades Union is underway as part of the dispute with the Government over pensions.

The strike began at 6pm on 31 October 2014 and continues until 6pm on 4 November 2014.

Contingency crews are on duty, responding to life threatening emergencies but cover is reduced. Members of the public are urged to only call 999 in a real emergency.

In the last 24 hours, we attended a small number of incidents (6pm 1 Nov - 6pm 2 Nov). There were also several false alarms. Incidents can be found here: http://www.esfrs.org/stations/incidents.shtml

Read our previous update: http://esfrs-news.blogspot.co.uk/2014/11/public-urged-to-take-extra-care-cooking.html

Road safety reminder

Rain is predicted over the coming days, which could make conditions on the roads more dangerous. East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service is reminding people to take extra care on journeys.
  • Check your route and the weather before you set off
  • Ensure that your vehicle is road worthy. Make sure that your tyres have sufficient tread and that they are inflated in line with the manufacturer's guidelines. 
  • Make sure your lights and windscreen wipers are fully working and that you have enough fuel in case of delays or diversions.
  • Remember to slow down and keep your distance from the car in front of you - it takes much longer to stop in the wet and fallen leaves can be just as slippery and treacherous for motorists as driving on ice.
  • Stay alert to the danger of fallen trees - it is possible more may come down after the heavy rain softened the ground - branches and leaves can also make the roads more treacherous.
  • If your vehicle loses its grip, or "aquaplanes" on surface water take your foot off the accelerator to slow down. Don't brake or steer suddenly because you have no control of the steering or brakes.
Advice about how to stay safe during the strike can be found on our website: http://www.esfrs.org/about_us/industrialaction.shtml

Weather-related advice and useful contacts can be found here: http://www.esfrs.org/communitySafety/advice/flooding.shtml

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