FIREFIGHTERS will strike again on the Isle of Wight as a national pensions dispute continued.
Members of the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) are to strike between 6pm and 10pm tomorrow (Friday) and on Saturday.
Non-FBU members will provide cover for serious incidents and fire control will not be affected, meaning residents should continue to use 999 in an emergency.
A spokesman said: "Householders and businesses are advised not to take unnecessary risks during periods of strike action and make preparations to reduce their chances of needing assistance from the fire and rescue service.
"This includes taking extra care when cooking or smoking, checking that smoke alarms are working and knowing what to do in an event of a fire and sharing this knowledge with others."
Steve Apter, chief fire officer, said: "We are in the festive period and it is natural more people will be celebrating this time of year, such as Christmas parties or family get togethers.
"I would therefore like to reiterate the advice that members of the public and businesses should be extra vigilant during the planned period of strike action by checking fire safety arrangements and not taking unnecessary risks."
Information about the Isle of Wight’s fire and rescue service along with fire safety advice for homes and businesses can be found at www.iwight.com/fire