Fire safety plea as Sunderland crews prepare for strike

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WEARSIDERS are once again being warned to stay safe at home as further strike action by firefighters approaches.

Members of the Fire Brigades’ Union are to stage a four-hour walkout tomorrow, from 10am to 2pm, as their row with the Government over their pensions continues.

It is the fourth period of industrial action that the union has staged in the past two months.

Fire chiefs are warning Wearsiders to keep their homes as safe as possible and make sure they have working smoke alarms.

Chris Lowther, assistant chief fire officer for Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service, said: “Fires can start for a variety of reasons, from cooking being left unattended, to electrical faults or candles being placed too close to furnishings.”