Safety warnings issued as Fire Brigades Union gets set to go on strike over the weekend

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PEOPLE are being urged to take extra care over the bank holiday weekend with fire crews due to go out on strike.

Members of the Fire Brigades Union will walk out on Friday between noon-5pm, then on Saturday for 12 hours between 2pm-2am on Sunday morning, then later that day from 10am-5pm.

These latest strikes will take the number of periods of industrial action since September 2013 to 12.

It is part of the ongoing dispute between the FBU and government over changes to pensions.

Fire chiefs are telling people to make themselves familiar with how to get out of their home in the event of a blaze, and also to ensure that smoke alarms are working.

People are also being urged to make sure cigarettes are stubbed out properly, and that candles are not left unattended.

FBU general secretary Matt Wrack said: “After three years of negotiations and an intense four months presenting an indisputable, evidence-based case for the need to ensure a pension scheme that takes account the unique occupation of firefighting, the government is still burying its head in the sand.

“Several members of government were only too keen to praise firefighters during the winter floods, but their words amount to nothing when they simultaneously ignore issues that threaten the future of firefighters and their families.”