Fire safety advice during strike

ON THE day that Suffolk fire fighters embark on national strike action, the fire service have issued a stark warning to those who might try to tackle fires themselves.

ON THE day that Suffolk fire fighters embark on national strike action, the fire service have issued a stark warning to those who might try to tackle fires themselves.

Get out, Stay out and call 999 is the message following a national survey that revealed worrying numbers of people prepared to attempt to put out fires in the event of a strike.

Suffolk fire chiefs are now trying to get the message across that the best thing to do is try and prevent fires happening.

Graham Smith, assistant chief fire officer said: "The best way of protecting you and your family is to do everything possible to prevent fires in the first place.

"Most importantly fit a working smoke alarm on every floor of your home and take extra care with candles or when cooking with hot oil.

Peter Monk, member of Suffolk County Council's executive committee echoed the advice.

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He said: "This is sound advice at any time but is particularly important when we have the threat of strike action.

"Don't risk your life – don't attempt to tackle the fire yourself."

Other tips were: n.Check batteries in battery-powered alarms and replace if necessary

n.Make sure cigarettes are properly extinguished.

n.Never leave candles unattended

n.Switch off unnecessary electrical appliances at night

n.Make sure matches and lighters are kept out of reach of children

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