THE chief fire officer in Staffordshire is urging revellers and motorists to be vigilant ahead of the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) strikes this weekend.
The FBU will be taking industrial action between 6pm-10pm on Friday and Saturday as part of a dispute with the government over pensions.
Contingency plans are again being put in place across the county ahead of the industrial action and emergency response crews will be available at strategic locations across Staffordshire.
The fire service is warning people in Burton that it will not be business as usual and is urging residents to take extra care during the strike and to only dial 999 in a genuine emergency.
Chief fire officer Peter Dartford said: “I would like to thank members of the community for their vigilance during the previous periods of industrial action and to urge them to continue to show the same level of caution during the two planned four -hour strikes.
“I am mindful that the industrial action is due to take place when many people will be enjoying Christmas parties or celebrations.
“While I am keen for people to have fun during the festivities, I would also urge revellers to be careful when they are out and about and to avoid cooking when they return home if they have had an alcoholic drink.
“Statistics show that most accidental house fires start in the kitchen and many of these incidents result from cooking being left unattended and igniting.”