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Be extra careful instead of unlucky on Friday the thirteenth

There are more reasons than ever to take extra care on Friday the thirteenth with Fire Brigade Union members walking out between 18:00hrs and 22:00hrs.

The strike is one of two taking place over the weekend, the second will take place at the same time on Saturday December 14.

Not only does the first day of the strike fall on the unluckiest day of the year it is also in the run up to Christmas when many people will be out celebrating the festive season at work parties.

DO Neil Fenwick said: “We all know how unlucky Friday the thirteenth can be, but with Fire Brigades Union members striking that evening there are more reasons than ever to be careful this week.

“The people of Essex could cross their fingers, knock on wood or even carry a rabbit’s foot but the best way to guard against bad luck during the strike is to be safer, be slower and be vigilant and make sure that you and your family are protected by working smoke alarms.

“Many people will be out celebrating Christmas with friends and work colleagues over the weekend, which can create its own dangers.

“We are supporting Essex police in their Christmas drink drive campaign encouraging people to leave their cars at home.

“Fire engines will still be attending emergencies and the public should continue to dial 999 as normal but anything we can do to reduce emergency call outs during the two four hours strike periods will help us to make sure that we can get crews to where they are needed most.”

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