Safety advice ahead of Saturday’s fire brigade strike

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RESIDENTS have been issued with some safety advice ahead of a fire brigade walk-out tomorrow.

The next stage of industrial action from firefighters takes place between 6.30pm-11.30pm on Saturday evening as a dispute over pay, conditions and changes to officers’ pensions continues.

During the five-hour walkout, Cleveland Fire Brigade will be providing a reduced emergency response service and is asking for help from the community.

The brigade’s chief fire officer says 999 calls will be answered, but has asked members of the public to help reduce the risk of blazes breaking out in the home.

Ian Hayton said: “While the industrial action is ongoing we will still be responding to 999 calls, but we are asking people 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.”

Call (01429) 872311 for fire safety advice ahead of the industrial action.