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Take extra care during fire strike
11:13am Friday 18th October 2013 in News
Hampshire residents are being urged to show their own X Factor tomorrow night (19 October) as fire service resources are affected by a second round of industrial action.
The ‘Take Extra Care’ campaign (#takeextracare) is calling for the public's help in reducing unnecessary calls during the affected hours of 6.30pm and 11:30pm.
Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service is reassuring the public that they will be answering and responding to calls throughout the strike hours but are asking for assistance in easing the pressure on vital lifesaving resources. Deputy Chief Officer Dave Curry said: “We were able to retain around half of our fire cover during the last round of industrial action and our resources will again be limited tomorrow. “While we are well prepared for the strike period, there is clearly going to be an impact on our usual response times.”
DCO Curry said taking a number of simple steps could help to prevent unnecessary calls.
“More than half of accidental fires in the home start from cooking and drinking alcohol can then increase this risk even further,” he said. “Why not consider a takeaway tomorrow night or, if you are cooking, make sure you don’t leave it unattended. “And when going to bed, make sure you’ve checked all appliances are switched off, candles are out and that you know your escape route in the event of fire.” The public are being asked to only consider calling 999 where there is a genuine need for a fire engine as calls will be prioritised where life is at risk or someone needs to be rescued. "However If you do have a fire, our advice remains to get out of the house, stay out and call 999,” added DCO Curry.
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