Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service (NFRS) is reminding people to take extra care to protect themselves and their loved ones from the risks of fire and other emergencies ahead of industrial action by the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) over the holiday period.
The latest strikes by the FBU are due on: Tuesday 24 December from 7pm until midnight; Tuesday 31 December from 6.30pm until 12:30am on Wednesday 1 January; and Friday 3 January from 6.30am until 8.30am.
As during previous strikes, NFRS will be putting plans in place to provide an emergency response, but is warning that this will not be business as usual, and reminding residents and business owners to be extra vigilant.
Alex Bennett, chief fire officer, said: “I would urge people to test their smoke alarms, be extra careful in the kitchen, where most fires begin, switch off appliances that don’t need to be left on, and stub cigarettes out properly.
“People out driving should be mindful of the road conditions and stay safe by slowing down and leaving ample space between them and the vehicle in front.
“At New Year people may be planning to celebrate with fireworks. We don’t recommend that people set off their own fireworks at home, and anyone who is involved should take great care and follow the firework code.”
The fire service’s web pages carry a wealth of information and advice on how to keep your home or business safe from the risks of fire. You can find out more at www.northumberland.gov.uk/fire
The service is also putting out messages about taking extra care through the council’s social media profiles at twitter.com/N_landCouncil and www.facebook.com/NorthumberlandCC
The service will return to normal operation at the end of each period of strike action.