AVON Fire and Rescue Service are urging people to check their fire safety measures ahead of a series of national strikes by firefighters.

Fire Brigades’ Union members will stage walkouts between 12pm and 2pm and 11pm and 12am from Saturday, August 9 until Saturday, August 16 as part of an ongoing dispute with the government over pensions.

During the strikes, a skeleton service will operate from six strategic locations across the Avon area and cover will be provided in the main by firefighters who are not part of the union.

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.”

More advice and information is available from www.avonfire.gov.uk