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Revellers urged to take care during late night strikes

14/08/2014

Cooking Safety
Pan on fire on the hob

Revellers are being reminded to be extra careful this weekend when late night Fire Brigades Union strikes are held.

"Never attempt to cook anything after drinking alcohol. It greatly increases the risk of a kitchen fire, as people are more likely to get distracted or may fall asleep while food is cooking on the hob. It could be a recipe for disaster." 

Executive Director / Deputy Chief Executive Rebecca Bryant

The national industrial action will take place from 10.59pm-11.59pm tonight, tomorrow and Saturday.

There will also be strikes from midday-2pm on the same days.

Executive Director / Deputy Chief Executive Rebecca Bryant said: “I would urge residents to be vigilant, particularly during the night-time strikes when many people will be returning home after an evening out enjoying a drink with family or friends and may be more vulnerable than usual.

“Plan you night before you go out. If you think that you might want a snack when you get home, prepare something before you go out or pick up a takeaway on your way back. Never attempt to cook anything after drinking alcohol. It greatly increases the risk of a kitchen fire, as people are more likely to get distracted or may fall asleep while food is cooking on the hob. It could be a recipe for disaster.

“Think about your journey home. If you are going to have a few drinks or may be tired after an evening out, leave the car at home and book a taxi. Taking a few simple, common sense steps, could keep you out of harm’s way.”

The strikes are part of a series of 16 periods of industrial action that started on Saturday, August 9 and will end this Saturday.

Contingency plans have again been put in place across the county. The Service will continue to provide an emergency response to all life-threat situations and will also answer all 999 calls.

It is 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