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'Take care' warning during firefighters' strike on Saturday
11:45am Thursday 12th December 2013 in News
PARTY-goers are being urged to take extra care when they are celebrating at Christmas parties or out with their friends this weekend as firefighters go on strike.
The Fire Brigades Union has announced a further national walkout on Saturday, December 14, from 6pm to 10pm, in a dispute with the Government over pension reforms.
Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service area manager Phil Martin said the organisation would “maintain a level of service to local communities as best we can” and will respond to 999 calls.
He added: “The public can help us by taking extra care if they are at home or out and about with their friends.”
More than half of accidental fires during the Christmas period are started in the kitchen.
The service is encouraging people to get a take away rather than cooking at home after having a few drinks, when there is a risk they could put a pan on to cook and fall asleep.
Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service’s advice is to take extra care with these six steps.
*If you haven’t already got one, install a smoke alarm and test it every week.
*Take extra care in the kitchen, which is where most fires start.
*Check your electrical appliances - turn them off and don’t overload sockets.
*If you smoke, put cigarettes out properly.
*Sleep safe - check everything in your home every bedtime.
*Plan a safe escape - make sure you know how to get out of your home in an emergency.
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