The Fire Brigades Union (FBU) will be holding a strike tonight on New Year's Eve from 6.30pm until 12.30am.
If you are thinking of using fireworks as part of your New Year's Eve celebrations, please follow the Firework Code
Also, Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service would encourage residents NOT to use flying lanterns / Chinese lanterns tonight during the strike period, because there will be less fire engines available tonight, and the potential damage that these lanterns can cause is significant.
It is also important for anyone going out and enjoying a party on New Years Eve to remember not to start cooking when you have had a drink – it is one of the biggest causes of and potentially most dangerous kind of house fire.
Please make sure you have a working smoke alarm installed in your home, know exactly how to get out of your home if a fire was to break out.
If you are thinking of having alcohol tonight, please leave your car at home- never drink and drive.
We would also advise people and businesses to avoid doing anything that could increase the risk of a fire breaking out.
Take extra care on the roads.
We now rescue more people from road accidents than fires, so we are urging people to take extra care on the roads.
SEATBELT- always wear a seatbelt
WEATHER- drive carefully during bad weather conditions.
SPEED- slow down. Speed kills
ALCOHOL- don't drink and drive
MOBILES- don't use a mobile phone while driving
CHECK- check your vehicle, particularly your tyres
Take extra care at home. Please take extra care so that your family and your home stay safe.
TEST- fit a smoke alarm and test regularly
PLAN- plan your easiest escape route
CHECK- check all appliances before going to bed or leaving the house
CARE- never leave cooking unattended
CLOSE- close doors at all times- this can prevent fire spreading
CALL- get out and call 999 at the first sign of fire
Also, please make sure you lock wheelie bins away and don't let any rubbish build up close to homes or outbuildings.