HOUSEHOLDERS are being reminded to take extra safety measures as firefighters continue to strike this week.

Avon Fire and Rescue Service members of the Fire Brigades’ Union are staging walkouts between 12noon and 2pm and between 10.59pm and 11.59pm every day this week until Saturday, August 16.

The strikes are part of an ongoing dispute with the government over pensions.

During the action, the service is operating from six strategic locations across the Avon area and cover will be provided in the main by firefighters who are not part of the FBU. They will work with auxiliary firefighters who have received training to provide basic support.

Due to the reduced emergency service, members of the public are advised to expect longer response times as calls will be prioritised towards those where there is a risk to life.

Chief Fire Officer Kevin Pearson said: “Although we have resilience plans in place during the strike, they are not a direct replacement for the service we normally provide.

“I would urge everyone to make every effort to reduce the risk of a fire starting in their home or business as we may take longer to reach you. Simple things like ensuring you do not leave cooking unattended, making sure you check smoke alarms are working and rehearsing escape routes with your family will certainly help you stay safer.

“Business owners and managers should also check their own fire risk assessments.”

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