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Safety Advice Given Ahead Of Firefighters Strike

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11:48am 5th December 2014

We're being asked to take extra care in our homes and on the road when Dorset fire fighters go on strike for 24 hours next week.

FBU members in the county will be walking out at 9am on Tuesday (9th December) in an ongoing pension dispute with the government.

Dorset's Chief Fire Officer Darran Gunter said: "As with the previous strikes we will once again be putting our contingency arrangements in place.

"We are disappointed the FBU and the Government have not been able to come to an agreement about the Firefighters pension scheme at this stage. It is important to stress that this is a national dispute."

The Fire Brigades Union claims they're facing "an unfair, unaffordable and unworkable pension scheme" after the government decided to start trying to implement new regulations in parliament.

Matt Wrack, FBU general secretary, said: "Firefighters in England are reluctantly calling further strike action as a direct result of the Westminster government's failure to listen and negotiate over pensions.

"We need to be clear. We are not going to give up or go away. Firefighters will fight for however long it takes to secure a fair pensions deal - this dispute will not end as long as the regulations remain unchanged."

The service will be providing a reduced emergency response during this time.

Here's important safety information from Dorset Fire & Rescue:

- 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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