Arson Awareness Week
Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Service is highlighting the dangers of deliberately setting fires as part of Arson Awareness Week which runs until the 25 March 2017.
Since April 2016, firefighters from across Derbyshire have attended over 883 fires which have been started deliberately. Taking up a large proportion of their time, each time firefighters attend a fire which has been started deliberately, they are taken away from being available to respond to real emergencies such as road traffic collisions, or house fires where someone’s life may be in danger.
Deliberate fires can also have a detrimental effect on businesses, with over 60% of business never recovering from a fire or closing within three years of a fire.
Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Service is therefore asking people to take extra care and take steps to help prevent deliberate fires from occurring. Protect your property from arson by:
- Keeping wheelie bins out of sight where possible as they are often targeted by arsonists.
- Do not stockpile rubbish next to your bin or anywhere accessible on your property.
- Always clear away any garden waste after gardening.
- Do not leave gas cylinders, petrol containers or any flammable fuels accessible on your property.
- Do not store old or unwanted vehicles that are in poor repair accessible on your property. Old cars and motorbikes are an obvious target.
- If you smoke outside your property, do not leave cigarette lighters and matches lying around.
- Report any suspicious activity on yours or your neighbours’ property to the police or fire service.
Group Manager Gary Platts said: “Deliberate fires can take up a large amount of our firefighter’s time, and can keep them from being available to respond to real emergencies where lives may be at risk.
“There are precautions that everyone can take that can help reduce the likelihood of an arson attack on your home or business. Importantly I’d also encourage people to report any suspicious activity to the police or crime stoppers on 0800 555 111.”
For more information about arson prevention, or business fire safety, please visit: www.derbys-fire.gov.uk
Arson Awareness Week