– Stuart Errington, Deputy Chief Fire Officer, County Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue Service.
I would urge people to test their smoke alarms, be extra careful in the kitchen, where most fires begin, switch off appliances that don’t need to be left on, stub cigarettes out properly, plan an escape route at work and at home and make sure your family and colleagues know how to get out quickly. Linked to this, I would advise people to clear escape routes from obstructions and make sure keys for windows and doors are to hand so that you can get out of your home or workplace quickly.
Fire fighters have walked out for the fourth time in their dispute with the Government. The strike runs from 10 am to 2 pm.
Fire fighters in England and Wales are striking over plans to increase their retirement age from 55 to 60.
The Fire Brigade's Union says it'll ballot members for other forms of industrial action to escalate the dispute.
Andy Trowsdale, Deputy Chief Fire Officer at North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service, said:
– Andy Trowsdale, Deputy Chief Fire Officer at North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service
"These arrangements have proved adequate in the recent strikes. However, during these strikes the Service did not experience any large incidents or high levels of calls.
"It is important to realise that there will be a reduced level of emergency cover [during the strike period], and it is especially important for the public to take extra care to keep themselves and their family safe."
The Fire Brigades Union (FBU) has announced another day of strike action as the row with the Government over proposed changes to pension schemes continues.
Industrial action will now take place between 10am and 2pm on November 13.
North East firefighters walked out this morning for their third strike in four weeks.
The walkout, by members of the Fire Brigades Union, started at 6am and finished at 8am.
They were on the picket lines in a dispute over pensions. The government condemned the action.
This morning's fire strike has come to an end. Firefighters went on strike between 6am and 8am in a dispute over pensions.
North East firefighters are beginning a third strike (6am) in their dispute with the Government over changes to their pension age. Crews are staging a two hour walkout.
Fire brigades are urging people to take extra care during the action.
The Deputy Chief Fire Officer for Durham and Darlington, Stuart Errington, said:
"Drivers who are heading to work on Monday morning are advised not to drive too fast and to leave space between them and the car in front. Those preparing breakfast are encouraged to take extra care in the kitchen."
North East fire brigades are urging people to take extra care, with the approach of Bonfire Night and another planned strike by firefighters.
Members of the Fire Brigades Union are expected to walk out on Monday 4th November between 6am and 8am as part of their dispute over pensions.
Northumberland's Chief Fire Officer Alex Bennett has this safety message for people:
Fire crews are back at work after a walkout on Friday night by members of the Fire Brigades Union.
The action took place between 6:30pm and 11:00pm, in a dispute over planned changes to pensions.
There were no major incidents in the North East during the action.
Cleveland Fire Brigade said emergency cover was provided by professional firefights who were not involved in the walkout, supported by auxiliary cover. It attended 15 incidents during the strike, mainly involving bonfires and rubbish on fire.
– Ian Hayton, Cleveland Chief Fire Officer
Our auxiliary firefighters again provided a successful supporting role ... I would also like to thank you, our communities and businesses, for taking extra care during this time.
Another strike is planned for Monday 4th November, between 6am and 8am, prompting further advice from our fire services.
– Stuart Errington, Durham and Darlington Deputy Chief Fire Officer
We would urge people to continue to take extra care as they prepare to start their week. Drivers who are heading to work on Monday morning are advised not to drive too fast and to leave space between them and the car in front. Those preparing breakfast are encouraged to take extra care in the kitchen.