RESIDENTS are still being urged to take extra care during the latest round of strikes.

Members of the Fire Brigades Union is taking industrial action every day until Saturday from 12pm to 2pm and 10.59pm to 11.59pm. The strikes are part of an ongoing row over pay and pensions.

Dorset Fire and Rescue Service is providing a reduced emergency response during the action and urge the public to take extra care.

Darran Gunter, Chief Fire Officer, said: “While the industrial action is ongoing we will still be responding to 999 calls. Our priority will be to respond to those calls where lives may be at risk or someone needs to be rescued. If we respond to non-emergency calls then those most in need could be at risk, so please only ring 999 if a fire engine is really needed.

He added: “We are urging members of the public to take extra care to reduce the risk of a fire breaking out in their home or on our heathland. Fires can start for a variety of reasons, from cooking being left unattended, to electrical faults or careless disposal of cigarettes.

“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.”