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Fire service plea: take extra care to prevent bin fires

August 6 2019

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service is urging the public to take extra precautions to prevent them becoming victims of a bin fire this summer.

Every year we see the number of bin and rubbish fires rise during the school holidays. We’re encouraging residents and businesses to take action to protect themselves from these fires, which can often spread causing serious damage to any nearby vehicles and buildings.

Director of Prevent and Protect Glynn Luznyj

In week three of the Service’s I Know What You Did Last Summer campaign fire officers hope to raise awareness of simple steps that can be taken to prevent deliberate bin and rubbish fires being started.

During last summer, crews attended 1,115 fires outdoors and of these 26 per cent involved bins and rubbish and 216 were arson. Since July 1 this year there have already been 118 rubbish and bin fires through the county 84 of which were deliberate. 

Director of Prevent and Protect Glynn Luznyj said: “Every year we see the number of bin and rubbish fires rise during the school holidays. We’re encouraging residents and businesses to take action to protect themselves from these fires, which can often spread causing serious damage to any nearby vehicles and buildings. 

“During the summer our firefighters face increased demand from outdoor fires, alongside attending house fires and road traffic collisions, so we need your help to ease the strain on our crews. 

“Thankfully most bin and rubbish fires remain small but they are needless drains on our time. Please help us prevent this year being a repeat of last summer.”

For more information on the I Know What You Did Last Summer campaign visit https://www.staffordshirefire.gov.uk/your-safety/campaigns/i-know-what-you-did-last-summer/