Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue Service calls for the public to take extra care as FBU announces national strike
18th September 2013
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Chief Fire Officer Lee Howell said: “Like all other Fire and Rescue Services, we have contingency plans prepared and will now put these arrangements in place ahead of the first strike. We will continue to respond to 999 calls and will do everything we can to keep the public safe, including during any national fire strike."

Phil Martin, Head of Community Fire Safety for the Service, said: “You can help us by taking extra care and time to think about fire safety in your home during this period -  checking smoke alarms, ensuring you know what you would do if there was a fire and not making unnecessary calls to the fire and rescue service.”

Businesses are also reminded to be mindful of their responsibilities, as during periods of industrial action the Service may not be able to respond to fire safety enquiries within its usual timescales. It remains the responsibility of employers, landlords and other premises occupiers to comply with fire safety law. The latest information and advice for businesses can be seen at

Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue Service’s advice is to take extra care with these six steps:

• If you haven’t already got one, install a smoke alarm and test it every week

• Take extra care in the kitchen - this is where most fires start

• Check your electrical appliances - turn them off and don’t overload sockets

• If you smoke, put cigarettes out properly

• Sleep safe - check everything in your home every bedtime

• Plan a safe escape - make sure you know how to get out of your home in an emergency

Find more safety advice at

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