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Take care during firefighter strikes, residents told
1:00pm Friday 1st November 2013 in News
RESIDENTS are being urged to attend organised firework displays, rather than make their own, because of the proposed firefighter strike action.
The action is due to take place on Friday, November 1 between 6.30pm and 11pm and again Monday, November 4 between 6am and 8am.
The Service’s Community Safety department says they are keen for everyone in the community to take bonfire night and firework safety messages on board.
They stress how important it is to follow the right safety procedures and to remember that fireworks can be dangerous if misused.
They also want to highlight how much safer it is to go along to an organised bonfire and firework display rather than holding a celebration at home.
Station commander Alan Haley from Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Service (HWFRS) said: “We are encouraging people to go along to an organised event with their families and friends as this is by far the safest option.
“Nevertheless, we recognise that many people will be holding their own bonfire parties and get-togethers, and we want to remind them of some simple firework and bonfire safety tips to help avoid injury or any damage to their property.”
Mark Preece, area commander from HWFRS added: “During the firefighter strikes, we want people to be clear about what to do in the event of a fire.
“The most important point they need to know is that they will still get an emergency response and they should not be tempted to tackle fires themselves.”
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