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Kent Fire and Rescue Service (KFRS) is asking residents to keep safety in mind after the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) announced its members will be taking part in further strikes in July from:
Thursday 10 July: 10am – 7pm
Monday 14 July: 6am–8am and 5pm–7pm
Tuesday 15 July: 6am–8am and 5pm–7pm
Wednesday 16 July: 6am–8am and 5pm–7pm
Thursday 17 July: 6am–8am and 5pm–7pm
Friday 18 July: 6am–8am and 11pm–1am on Saturday 19 July
Saturday 19 July: 11am–1pm and 11pm–1am on Sunday 20 July
Sunday 20 July: 5pm–7pm
Monday 21 July: 6am–8am and 5pm–7pm
The dispute and negotiations are between the government and the national Fire Brigades Union. Local fire and rescue services such as KFRS are working hard to maintain an emergency service during these strikes. KFRS will have fire engines and crews at strategic locations around the county who are able to deal with a wide range of incidents. However the service will not be at the normal level so the public are being urged to take extra care.
KFRS Director of Operations, Sean Bone-Knell said: “As with previous strikes, we have been working hard to put contingency plans in place to maintain an emergency service to answer 999 calls and respond to incidents across the county. We will be providing the best service possible with the resources available but it’s vital that the public continues to be aware of these strikes and we urge everyone to heed our safety warnings by taking extra care to prevent fires happening in the first place. This is not a dispute between KFRS and our firefighters, it is a national dispute between the FBU and the Government and KFRS is not involved in the negotiations.
KFRS is asking people to do what they can to help reduce the risk of fire in their home by following our #takeextra care safety advice:
Make sure you have working smoke alarms on every floor of your home and test them regularly.
Unplug any unused electrical items before you go out and don’t overload electric sockets, this is a major cause of fires.
Avoid leaving electrical items running, such as the washing machine or tumble dryer, while you’re away from home. Don’t set your oven to come on via a timer when you are out.
Keep looking while you’re cooking and don’t leave any cooking unattended, especially if you’ve been drinking alcohol or are on medication.
If you’re planning a late night snack after an evening out, maybe this is the night to get a takeaway or have a cold snack as so many kitchen fires are alcohol related.
Take care if you’re having a barbecue, never use petrol and never leave it unattended.
Avoid using candles and certainly don’t leave them burning if you are not in the room.
And for anyone out and about:
Drive carefully and wear a seatbelt – speed limits aren’t targets. Please take extra time for your journey, especially during rush hours.
Avoid having bonfires as these can easily burn out of control and cause damage to sheds, fences etc.
If you are out walking, stick to safe areas and avoid water and deep mud where you may get into difficulties.
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.