FIRE CHIEFS are urging drivers across Teesside to take extra care to protect themselves and their loved ones on the roads.
During the industrial action, planned for Friday 1 November between 6.30pm and 11.00pm and also Monday 4 November between 6.00am and 8.00am, Cleveland Fire Brigade will be providing a reduced emergency response service, so it’s asking for help from its local communities.
Ian Hayton, Chief Fire Officer said, “Whilst the industrial action is ongoing, we will still be responding to 999 calls, but we are asking members of the public to take extra care to help keep themselves safe.
“Ensuring your car is road worthy and maintained at all times along with careful driving, which means driving to the conditions of the road and not the speed limits particularly when there is poor visibility, will greatly reduce the risk of an accident.”
Remember a two minute check can prevent a wreck! Our advice is:
- Fuel. Do you have sufficient fuel for the journey that you are making? When do you plan to refuel? Do you have sufficient money? Which garage will you use?
- Lights. Do all of your lights work? – indicators, headlights, rear lights, fog lights.
- Oil. Have you checked your oil? Is there an oil warning light on your dashboard? If so don’t ignore it.
- Water. Check your coolant levels and do you have sufficient screen wash at the appropriate concentration to resist freezing.
- Electrics. Check demisters, air conditioning, ABS brakes.
- Rubber. Have you checked your tyres have sufficient tread and correctly inflated? Are your wiper blades free from tears and in a good condition?
- Self. Are you fit to drive and not under the influence of alcohol or drugs. If you need to wear glasses or contact lenses for driving please use them. Are you alert stress free, not fatigued and have you planned your journey and are prepared for all conditions.
To help keep you, your family and your business safe from fire, you can find safety advice and more news on the industrial action on our website at www.clevelandfire.gov.uk/action. For weekly reminders to test your smoke alarm and to receive up to date news, follow us on Twitter (@clevelandfb) or Facebook (/clevelandfb).
If you do not have access to the internet and need some fire safety advice, please call us on 01429 872311 during the industrial action.