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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Deliberate Grass and Bin Fires

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Flames Aren't Games


During the Easter and Summer holidays we see an increase in fires which are started deliberately in parks and outdoor spaces where young people hang out.

Fires started on purpose for ‘fun’ or out of ‘boredom’ to bins, rubbish and grass often get out of hand and spread quickly.

These deliberate outdoor fires take up a lot of our firefighters time and our crews could be putting out these avoidable grass and bin fires when they should be helping someone whose life may be in danger at a house fire or road traffic collision.

In Staffordshire we saw the number of outdoor fires more than triple in Spring 2017 compared to 2016. Between January and April 2016 there were 181 secondary fires throughout the county, this has risen to 590 during the same period in 2017. Approximately 76 per cent of these fires were caused deliberately.

What can we do to prevent these fires?

  • We are promoting a range of diversionary activities across Summer 2017 to keep young people entertained! Take a look at the links below to find activities near you.
  • Share the information about the consequences of setting fires deliberately with young people. You can raise awareness through social media about our campaign 'Flames Aren't Games' by sharing the images and videos which we have created. Check out the link below to download the images
  • If you see people playing with fire contact 999 an crime stoppers.

A social media competition is currently running, here are the terms and conditions.

Activities for youngsters Crime stoppers
There are a wide variety of activities available to youngsters over the warmer months. Find out what is on in your area.