Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service, Merseyside Police and Knowsley Council have teamed up to raise awareness around arson prevention.
High visibility patrols by Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service and Merseyside Police are taking place across the borough to identify any fire hazards in public spaces. This includes patrols in parks and open spaces and any fire hazards are being removed.
In addition, residents are being reminded to ensure their wheelie bins are safely stored, especially at night. Advice includes:-
- Only place your wheelie bin out on collection day and return it to your property as soon as possible after collection.
- Whenever possible, wheelie bins should be stored securely behind locked gates.
- Don’t store your wheelie bin near windows or doors – any fire in a bin could easily spread to your property.
- Do not overfill your wheelie bins or leave loose rubbish around them.
Mark Thomas, Prevention Group Manager for Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service, said: “If you live in Merseyside, you can request a free Home Fire Safety Check visit, during which fire safety advice will be given. Many residents on Merseyside will be eligible for the fitting of free smoke alarms, particularly those over the age of 65 and anyone who is referred to us by one of our partner agencies.”
To find out more about the home fire safety checks, call 0800 731 5958 to request a visit.