Safety warning ahead of threatened firefighter strike
5:00pm Sunday 22nd September 2013 in Cotswolds news
BUSINESSES and homeowners are being urged to ensure they are protected from fire ahead of a day of industrial action this week.
Members of the Firefighters Union are preparing for a one-day strike on Wednesday this week (September 25) as part of a national campaign on pension arrangements.
Chief Fire Officer Jon Hall said: “During this short period of industrial unrest we will be providing an effective and professional fire and rescue service in the county.
“However, we are also asking business owners to make sure their properties are as safe as they possibly can be in case there is any small delay in our response.”
Businesses are being urged to ensure fire alarms have been tested and are working, and that fire doors are closed and properly signed.
Unused electrical equipment should be switched off and unplugged, refuse placed away from buildings, and work using equipment which produces a flame or spark should be properly supervised and avoided where possible.
Residents are also being encouraged to take steps to ensure their families are safe at home.
Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service offers free home fire safety checks free of charge for elderly and vulnerable people in the community.
To find out more contact 0800 180 4140 or go to www.glosfire.gov.uk
Cllr Will Windsor-Clive, cabinet member for fire, planning and infrastructure with Gloucestershire County Council, said: “The best protection against fire is prevention – and everyone can do their bit to ensure the risks are small.”