FIRE chiefs are appealing to local residents to play their part to help win the battle to stop arson.
The rallying call comes just days after Cleveland Fire Brigade launched its latest campaign declaring ‘Enough is Enough’ and warning arsonists they will be caught.
Arson accounts for around seven out of ten fires across Cleveland and costs taxpayers millions of pounds every year.
Phil Lancaster, Director of Community Protection, with Cleveland Fire Brigade, said: “The Brigade works very closely with communities across Cleveland to prevent deliberate fires, but we need the continued support of local people to stop arson once and for all.
“We have some simple tips which we urge residents to follow to deter arsonists and help people stay safe in their homes.
“Fires involving rubbish and bins can easily spread to your home so I am urging residents throughout Cleveland to adopt the following simple advice.”
- 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.
Mr Lancaster continued: “Arson ruins lives, communities and local businesses and our message is quite simple: Enough is Enough. We are watching you and anyone who starts a deliberate fire is likely to be caught.”
Earlier this month Cleveland Fire Brigade and Cleveland Police unveiled a new protocol which involves working together using the latest technology in undertaking joint investigations to determine the causes of fires and who started them.
The Brigade has also arranged a programme of diversionary activities for young people across the Cleveland area during the Easter school holiday period.
If anyone wishes to report any suspected arsonists confidentially they should call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. Alternatively, call the Police non emergency number 101.
To help keep you and your family safe from fire, the Brigade provides free Home Fire Safety Visits and will fit smoke alarms if needed. Call 01429 874063 to arrange a visit to your home and you will receive specific fire safety advice for you and your family.