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Fire Safety Advice Ahead Of Strike

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8:27am 23rd September 2013

Dorset Fire and Rescue Service is warning us to take steps to protect ourselves from house fires.

Industrial action is planned for Wednesday, and during this time a reduced emergency response service will be running. they are therefore asking for help from the local community.

Darran Gunter commented: "While the industrial action is ongoing we will still be responding to 999 calls, but we are asking members of the public to take extra steps to redice the risk of fire".

He added: "Smoke detectors provide an early warning of a fire and can give occupants vital extra minutes to escape, especially at night. But a smoke alarm can only save your life if it is working and the battery is checked reguarly".

Dorset Fire and Rescue Service published this safety information to the public:

- Ensure you have a working smoke alarm
- Plan and test escape routes. Keep exits clear and identify where door and window keys are kept.
- Dont overload sockets.
- Switch off appliances at the wall when not in use.
- Keep matches and lighters our of children's reach, preferably in a high cupboard or drawer.
- Place candles on a heat prof holder or dish. Ensure it is not near flammable items.
- Never leave cooking unattended,
- Do not smoke in bed. Ensure that all smoking materials are extinguished before you fall asleep.

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