You’ve bin warned: fire at­tacks dou­ble

Southport Visiter - - Visiter Active - BY CHANTELLE HEEDS chantelle.heeds@trin­i­tymir­ror.com @chantelle­heeds

SEFTON res­i­dents in are be­ing urged to take care with wheelie bins over the Bon­fire Night pe­riod to avoid them be­com­ing tar­gets of ar­son.

Mersey­side Fire & Res­cue Ser­vice said that ar­son at­tacks on wheelie bins and refuse con­tain­ers in the area have nearly dou­bled in the last three years around Bon­fire Night, with 79 in­ci­dents tak­ing place be­tween Oc­to­ber 30 and Novem­ber 7 last year.

This is 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 the past two weeks alone, crews from Mersey­side Fire & Res­cue Ser­vice have dealt with 24 fires linked to wheelie bins and refuse con­tain­ers

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 & 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 & Res­cue Ser­vice on 0800 731 5958.

If call­ing out­side of­fice hours, leave a mes­sage with your de­tails and a con­tact num­ber.

Wheelie bins left out are easy tar­gets for ar­son­ists

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