GLOUCESTERSHIRE residents are being reminded to stay safe at home and at work this week as fire crews continue strike action.

The Fire Brigades Union (FBU) has called for its members to carry out industrial action in a row over pensions with strikes taking place at various times for a week until Monday, July 21.

About 130 wholetime staff and a number of retained firefighters are members of the FBU and could support the strike.

Chief Fire Officer Stewart Edgar said: “We have significant contingency plans in place in the county, which have been proven to be effective in previous strikes.

“We would never be complacent however, and I would urge residents and business owners to make sure they do everything they can to stay safe in their homes or workplace.”

Meanwhile, residents are being encouraged to take steps to ensure their families are safe at home.

Fires can start for a variety of reasons, from cooking being left unattended, to electrical faults or candles being placed too close to furnishings.

People are being advised to ensure they have a smoke alarm in their home and to check the battery is working at least once a week.

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