Wednesday, 10 December 2014

Normal cover resumes following 24-hour firefighters strike

East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service has returned to normal cover following a twenty-four hour strike by members of the Fire Brigades Union, as part of the national pensions dispute.

Contingency crews were on duty between 9am yesterday (9th December) and 9am this morning (10th December) and attended the following calls from 4.28pm yesterday:

  • Fire in open in Hurst Green.
  • Road traffic collision in Ringmer.
  • Chip fryer fire in Brighton.
  • Dangerous structure, scaffolding, in Hastings.
  • Chimney fire in Halland.
  • Dishwasher fire in Eastbourne.
  • Fire in Hastings.
  • House fire in Brighton.
  • Bin fire in Brighton.
  • Fire in open in Battle.
  • Chimney log burner fire in Berwick.

The Service would like to thank the public for taking care during the recent strike and would remind them to stay safe throughout the festive season in their own homes. Ways of doing this involve regularly testing smoke alarms and ensuring that batteries are replaced. With the lead-up to Christmas it is always worth stocking up on spare batteries to remove any temptation of taking batteries from working smoke alarm, which could save your family’s life.

Last year more than 200 people died in fires in the home. You’re at least four times more likely to die in a fire in the home if there’s no working smoke alarm.
A smoke alarm is the easiest way to alert you to the danger of fire, giving you time to escape.
They are cheap, easy to get hold of and easy to fit.


December brings the build up to and the festival of Christmas. The traditions around Christmas – be it faith-based or otherwise – can result in Christmas being a more hazardous time with regards to fire safety. These extra fire risks include: 

  • Increased cooking and potentially cooking whilst under the influence of alcohol.
  • Increased use of candles in the home.
  • Decorations which may burn very easily.
  • Christmas tree lights which haven't been used for a year and/or may be faulty.

Colder weather

Another potential risk associated with December is the colder weather. In the winter months, many households may begin to use additional or alternative heating sources in a bid to stay warm as the temperature drops.

Don’t cook if you have been drinking and never leave cooking unattended. 

  •  Never place candles near your Christmas tree or materials that can catch light easily.
  • Keep candles, lighters and matches out of children’s reach. Never leave lit candles unattended.
  • Never overload electrical sockets. Always switch Christmas lights off and unplug them before you go to bed.
  • Decorations can burn easily – so don’t attach them to lights or heaters.
  • Take time to check on older relatives and neighbours this Christmas as they are potentially at greater risk from fire.
  • Make sure your family and visitors know how to escape in an emergency.
  • Check your Christmas tree lights carry this British Safety Standard sign.

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