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Safety advice issued by Cleveland Fire Brigade ahead of firefighter industrial action
4:50pm Sunday 22nd September 2013 in News
FIRE chiefs are urging residents on Teesside to take extra care to protect themselves as the brigade prepares for industrial action.
Firefighters are planning to strike between noon and 4pm on Wednesday (September 25) meaning there will be a reduced emergency response service.
Ian Hayton, Cleveland’s chief fire officer said: “While the industrial action is ongoing we will still be responding to 999 calls, but we are asking members of the public to take extra care and reduce the risk of a fire breaking out in their home.
“Fires can start for a variety of reasons, from cooking being left unattended, to electrical faults or candles being placed too close to furnishings. The best advice we can give is for everyone to ensure they have a smoke alarm in their home and to check the battery is working at least once a week.
“Smoke alarms provide an early warning of a fire and can give occupants vital extra minutes to escape, especially at night. But a smoke alarm can only save your life if it is working and the battery is checked regularly.”
More than 50 per cent of fires attended by Cleveland Fire Brigade start in the kitchen, so people are being asked to take extra care when cooking.
For home fire safety advice visit www.clevelandfire.gov.uk/home or call 01429-872311 during the industrial action.
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