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25 February 2015, 06:00
North East fire services are encouraging everyone to take extra care during the latest strike by the Fire Brigades Union.
The strike will take place over a continuous 24 hour period from 7am hours on Wednesday 25th February until 7am on Thursday 26th February.
The industrial action is due to an ongoing dispute between the FBU and national Government over pensions.
Assistant Chief Fire Officer Chris Lowther, Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service, said:
“We are encouraging everyone to take extra care during this latest period of industrial action.
People can help keep themselves and their property safe by ensuring they have working smoke alarms on every level of their property. They give you early warning of a fire and can mean the difference between life and death, providing you with extra time to get out safely, especially at night.
Residents should also have an escape plan, in the event of a fire, and ensure that everyone in the property knows it.
More than 60% of house fires we attend start in the kitchen, so we are reminding people to take extra care when cooking. Never leave cooking unattended, do not use chip pans and do not cook when under the influence of alcohol, where you could easily forget about your cooking, or worse, fall asleep.
The weather is expected to turn cold again this week, with snow and ice forecast in places, so I would like to encourage everyone to take extra care on the roads too.
Businesses and organisations should ensure their fire risk assessments are up to date and check their staff know what to do in the event of a fire at work. Finally, if you do have a fire, get out of the house, stay out and call 999."