Residents urged to take care
with wheelie bins over Bonfire period
MERSEYSIDE Fire and Rescue Service is
urging residents to help prevent their household wheelie bins becoming targets
for arsonists over the Bonfire period.
Arson attacks on wheelie bins and refuse containers in the Merseyside area have
nearly doubled in the last 3 years around Bonfire night, with 79 incidents
taking place between 30 October and 7 November 2016, almost double the
number of incidents during the same period in 2014 when 41 were recorded.
Domestic refuse bins can become easy fire targets outside properties
particularly if they are left out after collection days.
This year during during the past two weeks alone, crews from Merseyside Fire and
Rescue Service have dealt with 24 fires linked to wheelie bins and refuse
containers, with incidents taking place across Liverpool, Knowsley, Sefton, St
Helens and the Wirral.
With the risk of arson attacks on wheelie bins likely to increase in the next
week during the run up to Bonfire night itself, residents are being asked to be
extra vigilant and keep their bins in safe areas.
Paul Kay, Station Manager for Arson Reduction and Incident Investigation for
Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service, said:- "The risk of wheelie bins being
targeted during the run up to Bonfire night has increased in recent years and
the figures in Merseyside in 2016 reflect that.
Incidents like this are the result of irresponsible and dangerous behaviour,
putting both the lives of residents and the safety of their properties at risk.
We would urge local residents to take care in helping to minimise the risk of
their bins being targeted. Only put your bin out on the day of collection and
bring it back in immediately. Store it in a safe area away from windows and
doors if possible."
For fire safety advice call Merseyside and Rescue Service on:- 0800 731 5958. It is
outside office hours, please leave a message with your details and a contact
number:- 0800 731 5958.
Also seek out the Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service pages on Facebook, Twitter
and You Tube.