Fire Crews Call Off Bonfire Night Strike

Fire EngineFirefighters in London have called off their planned strike on Bonfire Night

Members of the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) had been due to walk out for 47 hours from 10am this morning, leaving staff from a private firm to provide emergency cover.

But proposals to cancel the strike emerged after a meeting of FBU leaders.

To keep safe on Bonfire night:

  • It’s safer to attend an organised firework display
  • Light fireworks at arms length using a taper and stand well back
  • Never go back to fireworks once they are lit. Even if a firework hasn’t gone off, it could still explode.
  • Build your bonfire well clear of buildings, garden sheds, fences and hedges.
  • Never use flammable liquids to start a bonfire
  • Don’t leave bonfires unattended. An adult should supervise it until it has burnt out. If it has to be left, damp it down with plenty of water.

For more information see our bonfire and firework safety advice.

Help us to promote fire safety messages

There are some practical tips that you could pass on to your family and friends to help them keep safe in their homes:

  • Make sure that you have a smoke alarm, check that it works and change the battery if you need to
  • Make sure you know how you would get out of your home if there is a fire – and that everyone in your home knows
  • Stub cigarettes out properly and dispose of them carefully
  • Put candles out, use a snuffer or a spoon, it’s safer than blowing them out when sparks can fly
  • Double check the cooker is off
  • Turn heaters off and put up fireguards
  • Turn off and unplug electrical appliances, unless they are designed to be left on – like your fridge
  • Close inside doors at night to stop a fire from spreading
  • Make sure exits are kept clear
  • Keep door and window keys where everyone can find them

Passing this advice on to your family, friends will help keep them safer during any period of reduced fire cover – and is good advice at all times.

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