Gloucestershire Fire & Rescue Service Press Release

Prevention first - local businesses and residents encouraged to be prepared in case of fire

Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service (GFRS) is urging local firms to ensure their businesses are protected from the risks of fire.

With the threat of industrial action by firefighters on Wednesday 25th September as part of a national campaign on pension arrangements, GFRS will be providing an emergency response service - and is encouraging businesses to be aware of their responsibilities to staff and customers.

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:

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.

The best advice is for everyone to ensure they have a smoke alarm in their home and to check the battery is working at least once a week.

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.

Cllr 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 short period of industrial action."

"But the best protection against fire is prevention - and everyone can do their bit to ensure the risks are small."

For more fire safety advice and tips on how to protect your home from fire visit www.glosfire.gov.uk or contact the community safety team on 01452 753333.

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Issued by: Keith Coles, Gloucestershire County Council media team, 01452 426887

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21st September 2013