Following a vote by members of the Fire Brigades Union in favour of a national strike over government proposals relating to new pension arrangements, the first strike date has been announced.

The FBU has said that firefighters will strike on Wednesday 25 September between 12 noon and 4pm.

During the strike action there will be fewer firefighters on duty across the whole country, including Hertfordshire. Although we will have fewer resources, we have planned for this and will be responding as quickly as possible to incidents where lives are at risk. In the event of a fire you should still get out, stay out and call 999 – you will get an emergency response. 

It’s unlikely that you will be involved in a fire or accident but here’s some advice to help you and your family stay safe during the strikes: 

In your home

Check your smoke alarm is working.  Do the same for any elderly or vulnerable neighbours or family.
Plan your escape route and make sure everyone knows how to get out.
Avoid having bonfires
Avoid lighting candles
Don’t leave cigarettes burning
Unplug any electrical items you’re not using
Switch off portable heaters when you leave the room
Don’t leave hot pans unattended, especially chip pans

At work and school

Turn off all lights and equipment that do not need to be left on
Check fire extinguishers are correctly sited and are serviced
Make sure everyone knows how to evacuate quickly and safely

Out and about

When driving, watch your speed and keep your distance especially in bad weather
If you’re riding a bike or motorcycle, check you’ve got all the right safety gear and that you’re clearly visible to other road users
Pedestrians should cross the road at the safest place possible, such as zebra, pelican, puffin and patrolled crossings.

There is more fire prevention and road safety advice available elsewhere on our website: 

Fire prevention at home

Fire prevention at work and school

Road safety advice

If you want to speak to someone about fire prevention please call 0300 123 4046.