Ahead of further industrial action by the Fire Brigades’ Union this weekend County Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue Service is advising residents and businesses to protect themselves from the risks of fire and road traffic accidents.
You can reduce the risks of fire and other emergencies by following these simple steps:
In the home:
- Make sure you have working smoke alarms.
- Make sure cigarettes are stubbed out properly and dispose of them carefully. Never smoke in bed or in a chair in which you might fall asleep.
- Never leave candles unattended and keep them out of the reach of children.
- Turn off electrical appliances and unplug them when they are not in use. Don’t overload sockets.
- Never leave cookers/ pans unattended. Never cook when you are tired/ have been drinking alcohol.
- Always have an escape plan and ensure everyone in the house knows what to do in the event of a fire.
- Check on elderly relatives and neighbours and ensure they are following the advice above.
On the roads:
- Slow down, you are much more likely to have an accident if you are speeding.
- Leave ample space between your car and the car in front so that you can stop if it breaks suddenly.
- Never drive after you have consumed alcohol.
Firework and bonfire safety:
The service website will carry updates about the strike action as well as practical information about how to stay safe. Updates will also be posted on Twitter www.twitter.com/CDDFRS and www.facebook.com/CDDFRS
Following the period of industrial action County Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue Service will operate as normal.