01 May 2014

Northamptonshire County Council’s Fire and Rescue Service is reminding residents how to reduce the risk of fire in the home.

Strike action

The advice comes following the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) announcement that they intend to take further industrial action in May as a result of the on-going national dispute with the government.

Industrial action is announced for:

  • Friday 2 May 2014 - 12pm to 5pm
  • Saturday 3 May 2014 - 2pm to 2am on 4th of May
  • Sunday 4 May 2014 - 10am to 3pm

Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service has contingency plans in place to ensure disruption is kept to a minimum. Planning has been underway for several months, both within the service and in partnership with neighbouring authorities, to ensure it can continue to respond to emergencies during this time.

How to stay safe

Residents are also reminded that there are a few simple steps they can follow to reduce the risk of fire in the home:

  • Protect your home with working smoke alarms, install smoke alarms on every floor and test them on the 1st of every month.
  • Take extra care in the kitchen as over 50% of accidental house fires start in the kitchen.
  • Check your electrics, check and maintain your appliances, cables and plugs.
  • If you smoke, make sure you ‘Put them out, Right out.’
  • Make sure you all sleep safe - have a bedtime routine of unplugging and switching off before closing doors on your way to bed.
  • Plan a safe escape and make sure everyone in your home knows how to get out in an emergency.
  • If you plan to enjoy the weekend away from home, please ensure that your property is secure, doors locked, windows closed (locked if possible) and your cooking appliances are switched off.
  • If you are planning DIY this weekend, think safety, think about the right tools for the job and think about what is the right protective equipment, as sadly many fatal and serious injury related accidents occur in the home.

Head of Prevention and Community Protection Mark Ainge said: “This is good advice for everyone to follow at all times.

“We have contingency plans in place and will be continuing to respond to emergencies, but this is a testing time for fire and rescue services across the country so anything that can be done to reduce the risk of fire is definitely a good idea.

“Resources may be stretched so we would also like to remind people that as always, only call 999 in an emergency.”

For more advice about how to reduce the risks of fire, people can visit www.northamptonshire.gov.uk/fire

They can also follow the Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service Twitter account and Like the Facebook page www.facebook.com/northantsfire.