RESIDENTS are being urged to take extra care this weekend during strikes by firefighters.
The Fire Brigades Union will take industrial action between 6-10pm on Friday and Saturday as part of an ongoing dispute with the government over pensions.
Contingency plans will be in place across Staffordshire with emergency crews available at strategic locations and the Chief Fire Officer based in fire control at Stone HQ to monitor and manage all calls during the two-hour period during which the service will prioritise incidents where lives are at risk.
Chief Fire Officer Peter Dartford said he was ‘mindful’strikes would be taking place during many people’s Christmas parties.
“While I am keen for people to have fun during the festivities, I would also urge revellers to be careful when they are out and about and to avoid cooking when they return home if they have had an alcoholic drink.Statistics show that most accidental house fires start in the kitchen and many of these incidents result from cooking being left unattended and igniting.
“We don’t want a celebration to turn into a tragedy.”
Mr Dartford said anyone drinking should leave their car at home, adding conditions on the roads were more hazardous now the nights had drawn in and the increased possibility of rain over the weekend could make that even worse.