Brigade urges people to take extra care as firefighters go on strike during Bonfire Night celebrations

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FIRE chiefs are urging residents to take extra care during two impending periods of industrial action.

Cleveland Fire Brigade is advising people to make sure they have working smoke alarms ahead of planned strikes taking place tomorrow between 6.30pm and 11pm and on Monday from 6am-8am.

As the reduced level of emergency response runs during Bonfire Night celebrations, people are also urged to attend organised fireworks displays.

Drivers are also advised to help keep themselves and other road users safe during the walkout, by making sure their car is roadworthy, driving to the conditions of the road, and following the FLOWERS guidance.

This stands for fuel, lights, oil, water, electrics, rubber and self – all things to be checked before journeys.

Chief fire officer Ian Hayton 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 to help keep themselves safe.”

Home safety advice includes ensuring you have a working smoke alarm on each level of your home and test them every week, never leave a heated pan unattended when cooking, don’t drink and fry, keep your cooker and grill pan clean as burnt fat can cause fires, place candles in suitable fire resistant candleholders and don’t leave unattended, and switch off all electrical appliances that don’t need to be left on.

Other tips include plan your escape routes and make sure cigarettes are stubbed out. For more advice to help keep families and business safe from fire during the industrial action, visit www.clevelandfire.gov.uk/action or call (01429) 872311.