London Fire Brigade is urging any one watching the World Cup to get a takeaway instead of cooking during their 24 hour strike.
There were more than 600 house fires during the South Africa World Cup in 2010, or 20 a day. Most were in the kitchen. London Fire Brigade now wants to discourage football fans from cooking whilst drunk.
The Government has denied union claims that ministers had drawn up alternative proposals six weeks ago, but had been "sitting" on them ever since.
London Fire Brigade has said that investigations into a death following fire in Hornsey last night indicate its response to the blaze was not impacted by last night's firefighter strike.
The four hour strike was staged by the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) between 6pm and 10pm, the sixth period of industrial action staged by the FBU.
Over the four hour period the Brigade’s 999 control officers received 88 calls including:
- six dwelling fires, including a fire in a flat above a shop on Fencepiece Road in Ilford and a first floor flat in Millwall
- two building fires
- two calls to people shut in lifts, one of whom had been released before crews had arrived
- four false alarms
The London Brigade has urged people to buy takeaway food during the strike if they had been drinking at Christmas events to reduce the threat of kitchen fires.
FBU members have now taken strike action five times in recent months in protest at changes to pensions and their retirement age, which the union argues threatens older firefighters with losing their jobs or having reduced pensions.
The union said firefighters in their late 50s face the prospect of being sacked or seeing their pension reduced by almost half.
Firefighters in England and Wales will strike for the second time in two days as part of their long-running row with the Government over pensions.
Members of the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) will mount picket lines from 6pm to 10pm - with the threat of further action in the new year.It comes just hours after a similar strike ended at 10pm last night.
London Fire Brigade is asking people to get a takeaway rather than cooking whilst drunk this Friday and Saturday night as the Fire Brigades Union is on strike.
The service says young, well-educated, professionals cause more than a quarter of all accidental house fires in the capital, often by attempting to cook at home when drunk. This greatly increases the risk of someone having a serious fire which could destroy their home or, even worse, kill them
Brigade figures show:
• Two fires a day happen after Londoners have been drinking.
• One in four people who die in a fire has alcohol in their system.
• Three quarters of alcohol related fires are caused by cooking under the influence.
• Over half of these fires happen because someone has fallen asleep.
The latest strike by firefighters in London is drawing to a close. Members of the Fire Brigades Union walked out for four hours from 10am - the fourth stoppage in recent weeks.
The union fears firemen and women will lose their jobs if they fail fitness tests as part of changes to the pension age from 55 to 60.
FBU General Secretary Matt Wrack said: ""The Government has worsened its proposals which has only hardened attitudes among firefighters. We are determined to dig in for the long haul."
Fire crews are battling a blaze at an industrial estate in Edmonton.
100 firefighters have been trying to control the flames on Advent Way in Upper Edmonton since 3am. 15 fire engines from at least eight boroughs are at the scene.
Station Manager John Tovey said: “The fire is affecting a range of single storey industrial units and crews are working really hard to get it under control.
“Fortunately the buildings on fire are located on an industrial estate and are away from any residential properties “
Firefighters are to hold another strike next Wednesday - and have also been balloted on further industrial action.
The fire brigades union leader Matt Wrack tweeted: