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Residents warned to be fire safe ahead of futher strike action
4:00pm Tuesday 29th October 2013 in News
RESIDENTS are being urged to take extra care following the announcement of further strike action.
It comes as communities gear up for bonfire night celebrations.
Dorset Fire and Rescue Service said it would be providing a reduced emergency response service during industrial action by the Fire Brigades Union. Strikes are planned for Friday, November 1 between 6.30pm-11pm and Monday, November 4 between 6am-8am.
Chief Fire Officer for Dorset Darran Gunter 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 steps to 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.”
He added: “Smoke detectors 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.”
Firefighters are striking due to an ongoing row over pensions.
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