Staffordshire’s Chief Fire Officer is urging people having a night out at a pub or club, as well as motorists, to take extra care during a week of strikes by the Fire Brigades Union (FBU).
The union has called a series of strikes running from Saturday, August 9 to Saturday, August 16 inclusive. There will be 16 separate strike periods running daily from 12 noon to 2pm and then from 10.59pm to 11.59pm.
Chief Fire Officer Peter Dartford said: “I am mindful that the evening strikes this weekend are due to take place when people may be heading home after enjoying a night out at the pub. I would urge them 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, many of which are the result of cooking being left unattended and igniting.
“Likewise, if you are going to have a drink when you are out, leave the car at home and either walk or book a taxi. No one wants a good night out to end in a tragedy.”
Contingency plans have again been put in place across the county. However, residents are being urged to take extra care during the periods of industrial action.
The Service will continue to provide an emergency response to all life-threat situations and will also answer all 999 calls.
It will be the 11th round of strike action to be held since the dispute between the FBU and the Government began last September over pensions.