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Warning to take care during FBU strike

05/12/2014

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Motorists are being urged to be extra cautious during Tuesday’s 24-hour Fire Brigades Union strike when road conditions are expected to be poor.

"It is also important to be aware of potential risks in the home. Now that the colder weather has arrived, more people are using electric heaters or lighting log burners and open fires, all of which can cause serious damage if not treated with care. Older people can be particularly vulnerable at this time of year so, once you have put your own safety plans in place, in the true spirit of Christmas, make sure you help someone you know with theirs. These simple steps can have life-saving results." 

Staffordshire’s Chief Fire Officer Peter Dartford

Heavy rain has been forecast throughout the period of industrial action, prompting the Service to highlight the potential of increased risk on the roads.

Residents are also being encouraged to be vigilant at home due to the rise in the use of electric blankets, log burners and heaters now that the cold weather has arrived.

The strike will take place from 9am on Tuesday, December 9 to 9am on Wednesday, December 10 and is over a national dispute with the Government about firefighter pensions.

Staffordshire’s Chief Fire Officer Peter Dartford said: "I would urge motorists to take every possible precaution to keep themselves, passengers and pedestrians safe. With heavy rain forecast throughout the 24-hour FBU strike, the road conditions may be more challenging than usual and people need to bear that in mind when they are travelling.

"It is also important to be aware of potential risks in the home. Now that the colder weather has arrived, more people are using electric heaters or lighting log burners and open fires, all of which can cause serious damage if not treated with care. Older people can be particularly vulnerable at this time of year so, once you have put your own safety plans in place, in the true spirit of Christmas, make sure you help someone you know with theirs. These simple steps can have life-saving results."

The Service has contingency plans in place and will continue to provide an emergency response to all life-threat situations. It will also answer all 999 calls.

However, people must be aware that crews may not be able to respond to every incident.

This will be the13th round of strike action to be held since the dispute between the FBU and the Government began in September 2013 over pensions.

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