Essex County Fire and Rescue Service's Head of Safety Communities today advised the public they will have to "help themselves" during the firefighters strike this Thursday the 28th of June.
Though Service managers have pledged to keep the county safe, people are being urged to "Be Safer... Be Slower... [and] Be Vigilant" during this time of reduced fire cover.
Assistant Chief Fire Officer, Gary Fleming said: “Fire engines will still be attending emergencies and the public should continue to dial 999 as normal.”
“But anything we can do to reduce the number of non emergency calls during 10am and 6pm on Thursday will clearly assist us in ensuring our service delivery is directed to those areas where it is most needed.”
Ahead of the scheduled strike, the public is being advised to check their smoke alarms are working, and to keep an eye on vulnerable neighbours, friends, or family as well.
Gary Flemming added:
“In the event of a fire – get out, stay out, call the fire service out.
“We should all know how easily a fire can start and it is a good idea now to pay extra attention to the frequent causes of fire.
"Though we are issuing this advice now – it is good advice at all times.”
ECFRS have published eight practical tips to help you keep your home and your family fire safe:
Make sure you know how to get out of your home if there is a fire and that everyone in your home, including visitors, knows as well. Plan your escape route. Make sure exists are always kept clear. Keep door and window keys where everyone in the house can find them.
2. Early Warning
Check your smoke alarms now and change the batteries if necessary.
Stub cigarettes out properly and dispose of them carefully. Keep lighters and matches away from children.
Put candles out, using a snuffer or a spoon. It’s safer than blowing them out when sparks can fly.
Double check the cooker is off, after use and before going to bed.
6. Electrical Appliances
Turn off and unplug electrical appliances, unless they are designed to be left on – like your fridge. Have a ‘fire safe’ night time routine.
7. Fire Spread
Close inside doors at night to stop a fire from spreading.