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Be prepared warning as firefighters strike again today and tomorrow
9:20am Friday 13th December 2013 in News
Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service is urging businesses and residents to be prepared as further strike action by the Fire Brigades’ Union is planned.
Firefighters will go on strike from 6pm to 10pm today, Friday, December 13 and Saturday, December 14.
Chief fire officer Des Tidbury said: “I’m conscious that this is the latest in a series of strikes and people may be getting tired of hearing these messages but it is important to remain vigilant. A part of the work carried out by the fire service includes attending road traffic collisions so I especially want to appeal to people who may be out and about enjoying Christmas festivities to make sure they have a plan on how to get home – have a designated driver who remains sober or perhaps book a taxi.”
“I’m also asking businesses to take extra care when shutting up shop on Friday and Saturday evening and take note of our top tips for keeping businesses safe from fire.”
“I would urge everyone to take extra care and time to think about fire safety in their home during this period - check smoke alarms; ensure you know what you would do if there is a fire and do not make unnecessary calls to the fire and rescue service.”
“During the previous periods of strike action, the conduct of all of our staff, both those taking action and those working, was exemplary throughout.
"The contingency plans that we put in place alongside the huge efforts made by those not taking strike action, kept Cornwall protected and safe throughout the duration. This was by no means a simple task and only highlights the dedication and determination of all Cornwall’s fire fighters.
"Once again, we have contingency plans in place to maintain minimum levels of cover during the strike action. The most important thing to remember is that if you do have a fire, get out of the building, stay out and call 999 – you will get an emergency response. We will continue to respond to emergency calls and will obviously prioritise those where lives are at risk. Public and fire fighter safety remains of paramount importance and we will give the best service to the people of Cornwall within the limitations of the resources available to us.”
CFRS tips to be fire safe.
• Be safety conscious when you carry out all checks at closing time
• Make sure your alarm systems are set before you leave
• Keep all fire escapes and entrances clear
• Switch off electrical appliances at the plug when not in use
• Avoid putting flammable waste out on the day
• Don’t store flammable goods under stairs or in enclosed spaces
• Keep smoking areas free of waste and empty ash trays
• Keep areas tidy and free from clutter
• Make sure your staff know what to do in the event of a fire
Businesses are also reminded to remember their responsibilities, as during periods of strike action the Fire Service may not be able to respond to fire safety enquiries within its usual timescales.
It remains the responsibility of employers, landlords and other premises occupiers to comply with fire safety law.
Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service's advice to householders is to make preparations and take extra care with these six steps:
• Make sure you have smoke alarms on at least every level of your home.
• Smoke alarms save lives, but only if they’re working. Test them regularly.
• Stub cigarettes out properly and dispose of them carefully.
• Plan your escape route and make sure everyone knows how to get out in a fire.
• Take extra care in the kitchen and never leave cooking unattended.
• Do not overload electrical sockets. Watch out for faulty and over-heating electrical equipment, and wiring/cables.
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