Tuesday, 24 February 2015

Public can help keep loved ones safe during FBU strike

East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service is calling on the public to look out for each other during the forthcoming Fire Brigades Union strike.

Industrial action will take place between 7am on Wednesday 25 February and 7am Thursday 26 February 2015, as part of the ongoing dispute with the Government over pensions.

Chief Fire Officer and Chief Executive Des Prichard said:

“While there will still be crews available to respond to emergencies, we will not have as many firefighters on duty as usual. We need the public to do their bit to reduce the need to call 999.”

Advice for during the strike

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. Posters about fire and road safety can be downloaded and printed out to put up in offices, businesses, shops and blocks of flats.

Lifts and automatic alarms

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 engineer’s number to hand and check when it was last serviced.

Please note relevant chimney safety information, in light of a spate of recent chimney fires, as well as taking care on the roads.

  • 2686 people were injured on the roads in East Sussex in 2013
  • 20 were killed and 461 people were seriously injured.
  • With an estimated population of 800,100 in East Sussex Brighton & Hove, this means 1 in every 298 people were killed or injured in road traffic collisions last year
  • There were 7.3 injuries per day and every 18 days someone was killed in a Road Traffic Collision.

Additional information

Additional safety advice can be found at www.esfrs.org

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