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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Revellers and motorists urged to be vigilant

07/08/2014

Fire appliance
Fire appliance

Staffordshire’s Chief Fire Officer is urging revellers and motorists to be vigilant ahead of the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) strikes.

"I am mindful that the evening strikes this weekend are due to take place when people may be heading home after enjoying a night out at the pub. I would urge them to avoid cooking when they return home if they have had an alcoholic drink. Statistics show that most accidental house fires start in the kitchen, many of which are the result of cooking being left unattended and igniting." 

Chief Fire Officer Peter Dartford

The national union has called industrial action running from Saturday, August 9 to Saturday, August 16 inclusive.

There will be 16 separate strike periods running daily from noon-2pm and then from 10.59pm-11.59pm.

Chief Fire Officer Peter Dartford said: “I am mindful that the evening strikes this weekend are due to take place when people may be heading home after enjoying a night out at the pub. I would urge them to avoid cooking when they return home if they have had an alcoholic drink. Statistics show that most accidental house fires start in the kitchen, many of which are the result of cooking being left unattended and igniting.

“Likewise, if you are going to have a drink when you are out, leave the car at home and either walk or book a taxi. No one wants a good night out to end in a tragedy.”

Contingency plans have again been put in place across the county. However, residents are being urged to take extra care during the periods of industrial action.

The Service will continue to provide an emergency response to all life-threat situations and will also answer all 999 calls.

It will be the11th round of strike action to be held since the dispute between the FBU and the Government began last September over pensions.

For information and safety advice visit http://www.staffordshirefire.gov.uk/2722.asp