FIREFIGHTERS are warning people to take care as they hold fresh strikes today.
Fire Brigades’ Union members plan to hold walkouts between 7pm to midnight as part of its dispute with the Government over pensions.
They will then strike between 6.30pm on New Year’s Eve and 12.30am on New Year’s Day, and between 6.30am and 8.30am on January 3.
The union has already been on strike five times since September.
Assistant Chief Fire Officer Chris Lowther, from Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service, said: “Many people will be out socialising at Christmas parties and drinking alcohol, so we would encourage everyone to take extra care during the festive period.
“More than 60 per cent of fires attended by Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service start in the kitchen.
“If you cook under the influence of alcohol, you could easily forget about it or worse, fall asleep.
“It isn’t worth your life, go to the takeaway instead.”
He also warned about the dangers of fireworks, and not to leave candles unattended.