Brigade issues arson advice to residents

FIRE chiefs are appealing to local residents to play their part to help win the battle to stop arson. This rallying call comes just days after Cleveland Fire Brigade launched its latest campaign declaring ‘Enough is Enough.’

Although arson fell last year by almost 30%, it still accounts for 71% of fires across our area and over the last three years it has cost the people of Cleveland a whopping £42m.

Lol Craven, Arson Task Force Manager with Cleveland Fire Brigade, said: “The Brigade works very closely with communities acrossClevelandto prevent deliberate fires, but we need the continued support of local people to stop arson once and for all.

“Arson has reduced in recent years, which is extremely encouraging and the Brigade will continue to work closely together with partner organisations and its communities to drive the figures down even further.”

Fires involving rubbish and bins can easily spread to your home and the Brigade is urging residents to follow the simple advice to protect themselves and others:

  • Ensure your wheelie bin and black bags are not left lying around
  • Put your wheelie bin or black bags out on the day of collection and then your bin should be brought back in as soon as possible.
  • Your wheelie bin or black bags should be kept in a secure place.
  • If you are throwing out old furniture or other household items call your Council to arrange a collection and keep them in a secure area until the collection takes place.
  • If you are using a skip for building work or rubbish removal, try to fill it and remove it on the same day. If not, ask the skip hire company for a skip with a lockable lid and position the skip at least six metres from your home.
  • Never put hot ash in your wheelie bin

At the launch of the Brigade’s latest stop arson campaign, Phil Lancaster, Director of Community Protection with Cleveland Fire Brigade, said: “The Fire Brigade, Police and other key agencies have excellent links with local communities and we will continue our fight to stop arson. If anyone has any information on arson in their area please call the Police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 if you want to remain anonymous

The Brigade has produced a video to highlight the devastation caused by arson. This can be viewed at www.clevelandfire.gov.uk/arson along with other campaign information.