Fire service praise vigilance of residents on New Year’s Eve

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People have been praised by the fire service for staying vigilant on New Year’s Eve while they were on strike.

During the Fire Brigades Union’s six-hour strike, which ended at 12.30am on New Year’s Day, firefighters attended two incidents including a road traffic collision on the A421, near Magna Park, Wavendon. The incident was left with the police and ambulance services.

The second incident saw them attend another road traffic collision involving a van, where a man was released uninjured, before they arrived. Firefighters made the scene safe.

Firefighters are now calling for people to make fire safety their New Year’s Resolution.

Chief Operating Officer Jason Thelwell said: “If you look after your smoke alarms, they can give you the few extra seconds you need to escape a fire. But while the majority of homes have smoke alarms, there’s a tendency to fit and forget.

“Last year, in nearly half of all fires in the home where the smoke alarm did not give a warning, the reason was that the alarm was not close enough to detect the fire. Missing or flat batteries were another major cause.

“Most people are not aware that the average alarm has a lifespan of 10 years. On top of that, if you live in a big house, a single smoke alarm may not be enough.”