News release text
Following the announcement that the Fire Brigades Union will be striking on Saturday, 19 October between 6.30pm and 11.30pm, Kent Fire and Rescue Service (KFRS) is appealing for residents to remember a five minute checklist aimed at preventing fires and saving lives.
KFRS is putting plans in place to be prepared to respond with a contingency level of fire and rescue service during the second period of industrial action but is calling on local people to spend five minutes to make sure their home is safe during the strike. The #takeextracare checklist includes:
If you are going out on Saturday evening:
· Check your smoke alarm works
· Go round your home and unplug any unused electrical items before you go out and don’t overload electric sockets which is a major cause of fires
· Avoid leaving electrical items running, such as the washing machine or tumble dryer, while you are away from home. Don’t set your oven to come on via a timer when you are out
· If you’re planning a late night snack after an evening out, maybe this is the night to get a takeaway as so many kitchen fires are alcohol related
· Drive carefully and wear a seatbelt – speed limits aren’t targets
And for anyone at home on Saturday:
· Don’t leave any cooking unattended, especially if you’ve been drinking alcohol or are on medication
· If you are planning a bonfire, don’t do it on Saturday
· Avoid using candles and certainly do not leave them burning if you’re not in the room
· If you are out walking, stick to safe areas and avoid water and deep mud where you may get into difficulties
KFRS Chief Executive, Ann Millington said: "Following the previous strike action in September, we have been reviewing our resilience and we are confident that we will again be able to continue answering 999 calls and offer as good a level of emergency cover across the county as possible. However, we do need the public to play their part and take extra precautions during the planned strike period. If people will take a few minutes to follow our safety advice they really can help reduce unnecessary calls and prevent fires in their homes and businesses."
KFRS also has a checklist for businesses with important preventative measures they can take themselves. For more safety advice, visit the KFRS website at http://www.kent.fire-uk.org/ or call 0800 923 7000.