Members of the Fire Brigades Union to strike for 24 hours from tomorrow (Thursday) morning.

PEOPLE across North Devon are being urged to take care tomorrow (Thursday) as fire fighters take part in a 24 hour strike.

The action taken by the Fire Brigades Union will take place from 9am tomorrow until 9am on Friday. A further strike will take place on Saturday from 10am to 5pm.

Phil Martin, area manager and head of community safety for Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service, said: “The service has contingency plans in place and ours will again be put into place ahead of these dates for industrial action.

“Our plans worked well during the previous period of action, but we are asking the public to help us again by taking extra care.

“We will continue to respond to 999 calls and do everything we can to keep the public safe.”

“You can help us again by taking extra care and time to think about fire safety in your home during this period - checking smoke alarms, ensuring you know what you would do if there was a fire and not making unnecessary calls to the fire and rescue service.”

Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue Service’s advice is to take extra care with these six steps:

• If you haven’t already got one, install a smoke alarm and test it every week

• Take extra care in the kitchen - this is where most fires start

• Check your electrical appliances - turn them off and don’t overload sockets

• If you smoke, put cigarettes out properly

• Sleep safe - check everything in your home every bedtime

• Plan a safe escape - make sure you know how to get out of your home in an emergency