Strike Action
28th October 2014
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The issue continues to remain a matter between the Fire Brigades Union and Government. Devon Somerset Fire & Rescue Service has substantial contingency plans in place to ensure that we continue to respond to emergency incidents throughout strike action.

Chief Fire Officer for Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue Service, Lee Howell, said: “Fire and Rescue Services have contingency plans and ours will again be put into place ahead of this date of industrial action. Our plans have worked well during the previous periods of action, but we are asking the public to help us again by taking extra care. We will continue to respond to 999 calls and do everything we can to keep the public safe.”

Phil Martin, Head of Community Fire Safety for the Service, said: “You can help us again by taking extra care especially over the weekend especially as many people will be enjoying Bonfire celebrations.  While most people enjoy fireworks responsibly, in the wrong hands they can cause real misery. Remember that fireworks are explosives, and as such should be treated with respect and only used in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions and the Firework Code.

“Take time to also 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. “

For further information on Industrial Action and FAQs please visit Industrial Action and FAQs.

Businesses are also reminded to be mindful of their responsibilities - it remains the responsibility of employers, landlords and other premises occupiers to comply with fire safety law. Advice for businesses

Take extra care by following our ten safety tips:

  1. Check all your smoke alarms.
  2. Only buy fireworks marked BS 7114 – this is the British Standard that all fireworks should meet (a reputable shop will know this)
  3. Follow the instructions on each firework – read them in daylight or by torchlight, never by a naked flame
  4. Sparklers are fun, but always supervise children with sparklers and never give them to a child under five
  5. Keep matches, lighters and candles out of children’s reach.
  6. The risks of accidents, especially in the kitchen, are greater after alcohol is consumed.
  7. Never leave cooking unattended and make sure you switch off the oven and hob if you’re leaving the house. See Kitchen Safety
  8. Do you know what to do in the event of an emergency? Practice your escape plan.
  9. Many fires start when people fall asleep whilst smoking, ensure you extinguish cigarettes properly and never smoke in bed.
  10. Check on elderly relatives and neighbours and make sure they are fire safe.

Find more safety advice at

For the Government Community Guide visit Celebrating Bonfire Night This guide sets out a few simple measures that can help you celebrate Bonfire Night safely.

It includes safety tips for hosting and enjoying your own safe fireworks party, and on having a safe bonfire, as well as what to consider if you are attending an organised fireworks display.

We would like to thank the public for taking extra care during this period.

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