Public warned not to tackle blazes

DESPITE fears that emergency help may be slower in arriving the message from Suffolk Fire Service today is do not tackle a blaze yourself.They said that under no circumstances should the public attempt to tackle a fire with a garden hose.

DESPITE fears that emergency help may be slower in arriving the message from Suffolk Fire Service today is do not tackle a blaze yourself.

They said that under no circumstances should the public attempt to tackle a fire with a garden hose.

Fire cover will be sparse while the firefighters are on strike over pay disputes but Suffolk Fire Service remains adamant that the message to people is get out and stay out.

Paul Collins Divisional Officer for fire safety, based at Colchester Road, Ipswich, said: "We do not want people to put their lives at risk and tackle fires themselves and we would not recommend anybody tackling a fire with a garden hose.

"There will be a form of fire cover during the strike albeit not the standard people are used to.

"If there is a fire in the home, everybody should obey the normal message and get out and then call 999 immediately.

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"Possessions can be replaced, lives cannot.

"However we would ask people to be extra vigilant and take all the appropriate fire precautions to try and minimise emergency situations."

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