For Arson Awareness Week (20 – 24 March 2017), Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service has joined forces with Knowsley Council to bring attention to the dangers of creating fires.
As part of the awareness week, teams of staff, advocates, PCSOs and volunteers are visiting homes and business across Merseyside to carry out fire safety checks. They are also giving out leaflets with important advice and information, and are identifying residents who may be vulnerable to arson attacks.
Merseyside Fire & Rescue are also removing fly-tipped rubbish and putting out skips, giving advice about waste management to business owners, talking to homeless people about the dangers of fires and giving support to residents about fires being created anti-socially in their neighbourhood.
Cllr Eddie Connor, Knowsley Council’s Cabinet Member for Neighborhoods, said: “We are delighted to be working with Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service to help raise awareness of this important issue. Arson can not only cost lives, but also costs a lot of money in repairs and we will do everything we can to support this campaign.
How to protect your home from arson
• Make sure you have effective security.
• Consider investing in security alarms such as security lighting.
• Secure your entry gates.
• Repair any damages made to fencing quickly so intruders cannot gain access.
• Keep your sheds and garages well secured as they could contain tools that could be used to force entry in your home.
• Fit good quality external doors.
• Keep your windows closed when you’re not at home.
• Look after your wheelie bin and if possible, put it out on the morning of your bin collection and return it to your property as soon as possible after it’s been collected.
• Consider fitting a mental container or lockable flap to prevent burning materials (including fireworks) being put through your letterbox.
• Make sure your smoke alarms are working on every level of your home by testing them every month.
• Contact the police or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 if you see anyone setting fires.
• Place bins, rubbish or any other flammable items against any walls as these make for a ready supply of fuel for arsonists.
• Leave flammable liquids in the open.
• Store your wheeling bin near windows or doors.