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Dorset Fire Firefighters Set To Strike

Dorset Fire And Rescue Engine 2

8:22am 25th October 2014

Dorset Fire Fighters are going on strike for four days at the end of next week.

Union members are taking part in a national walk out in protest at the government's reforms to their pension scheme.

It will start at 6pm on 31st October - and end at 6pm on 4th November.

We're being asked to take extra while at home and on the roads during the industrial action as the service will be running on its contingency plans.

Chief Fire Officer Darran Gunter said "We have put plans in place to ensure Dorset Fire and Rescue is able to respond to incidents, but we would ask members of the public to take extra steps to reduce the risk of a fire breaking out in their home. We will continue to work with all our partners locally to ensure businesses; homes and our environment can be kept as safe as possible from fire during these periods of industrial action."

Here's the advice we're being offered:

- Ensure that you have a working smoke alarm in your home.
- Plan and test your escape routes in the event of a fire or major incident. Keep exits clear, identify where door and window keys are kept should you need to escape in an emergency.
- Don't overload sockets. Use one plug in one socket or use a tested 'bar' type of extension lead rather than a 'block' type of adaptor.
- Switch off appliances at the wall when not in use
- Keep matches and lighters out of children's reach, preferably in a high cupboard or drawer.
- Place candles on a heat proof holder or dish. Ensure that it is not near flammable items such as wallpaper, curtains, nets etc. Never place candles on top of TV or DVD sets. These are highly combustible.
- Never leave cooking unattended to answer the phone, pop to the shops etc. Always turn it off.
- Do not smoke in bed. Ensure that all smoking materials are extinguished before you fall asleep.

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