The Fire Brigades Union will go on strike tonight (Christmas Eve) in East Sussex from 7pm until midnight in the first of its three planned strikes.
East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service said it would continue to respond to emergencies during the strike, particularly those where lives were in danger.
But it urged people to take extra care particularly given the difficult weather conditions.
Further strikes in the FBU’s ongoing dispute with the Government over pensions will take place on: New Year’s Eve 6.30pm – 12.30am and Friday January 3 6.30am – 08.30am.
A spokesperson for East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service said: “If you are travelling today, leave in plenty of time and try to complete your journey before the strike starts at 7pm.
“Remember that this is a national strike and FBU firefighters in other areas will be on strike too.
“With the possibility of further wet and windy weather over the festive period, please take extra care on the roads and near the sea and flood water and keep an eye on Met Office weather warnings.”
East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service also had this advice:
Whether you are spending Christmas at home, with family or friends:
Make sure there is a working smoke alarm on each floor of your house and that you know how to get out safely.
Take care with candles, never leave them unattended and snuff them out properly.
Take extra care in the kitchen and don’t cook after you’ve had a festive tipple - half of accidental house fires start while cooking.
Always switch the Christmas lights and other appliances off before going to bed.
Further advice to help you keep your loved ones safe is available on our website.