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Businesses urged to be prepared during fire strike
BUSINESSES in Gloucestershire are being urged to make sure they are protected from fire risks ahead of strike action.
Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service (GFRS) will be providing an emergency response service during tomorrow night's fire strike.
The Fire Brigades Union (FBU) has confirmed firefighters in England and Wales are to stage a second strike on Saturday for five hours from 6.30pm to 11.30pm over its ongoing dispute with the government over proposed changes to pensions.
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 – now is the time to make absolutely sure they have thought through their own fire safety policies.”
Local businesses are being given the following advice: • Ensure fire alarms have been tested and are working • Keep fire doors closed, with correct signage in place • Make sure smoking policies are being rigidly enforced • Switch off and unplug any unused electrical equipment where it is safe to do so • Ensure refuse and waste is controlled and bins and skips placed away from buildings • Supervise closely any work requiring the use of equipment which produces a flame or spark and avoid such work where possible • Supervise and manage contract workers closely • Make sure that lifts are well maintained and used correctly
Meanwhile, residents are being encouraged to take steps to ensure their families are safe at home.
More than 50 per cent of fires attended by county firefighters start in the kitchen, so people are asked to take particular care when cooking.
Councillor Will Windsor-Clive, cabinet member for fire, planning and infrastructure, said: “Local businesses and residents can be assured that the county’s fire and rescue service is fully prepared for this industrial action.
"But the best protection against fire is prevention – and everyone can do their bit to ensure the risks are small.”
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