By Tristan Harris Wednesday 25 September 2013 Updated: 25/09 13:21
WITH THE fire strike due to start at 12midday today (Wednesday), Hereford and Worcester Fire and Rescue Service (HWFRS) has urged residents to take care and offered safety advice.
The industrial action will last for four hours, until 4pm, and Mark Preece, HWFRS' Area Commander, said it was important people knew what to do during that time if there was a fire.
"The most important point they need to know is that they will still get an emergency response and they should not be tempted to tackle fires themselves.
“We want to encourage the public in the event of a fire to Get Out, Stay Out and Call 999.
"The safest option is to evacuate, call for help and let specially trained personnel from the fire service and other emergency services take charge rather than attempting to tackle the fire yourself.”
He added general fire safety messages the service promoted throughout the year were even more crucial at times of strike action.
Among the safety messages for residents were for them to ensure they had a working smoke alarm installed on every level of their homes, ensure they had a planned escape route from their property if it did catch fire and that smokers should ensure cigarettes, pipes and cigars were put out properly.
He also urged residents to take care in the kitchen and never leave cooking unattended, not to overload electrical sockets and to watch out for faulty and over-heating electrical equipment and wiring or cables.
Anyone wanting to find out more should visit www.hwfire.org.uk
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