Don’t give arsonists the fuel to start fires

293
Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service advise people to only put your rubbish out on the designated collection day to prevent deliberate fires.

Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue are asking people to help them put out fires before they’ve started by making it hard for arsonists to find things to burn.

May is Arson Awareness Month and the service has issued a list of proactive fire prevention tips.

“Every fire caused deliberately is a significant drain on our resources and can put lives in danger, destroy buildings and be devastating to local communities,” said Andy Martin, Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service’s Arson Reduction Officer.

Arson accounts for almost half of all fires attended by UK fire and rescue services and puts lives at risk.

In the year ending September 2018, 55 people died in the UK in fires that were started deliberately.

They also cost the UK millions of pounds every year, with insurers reporting arson costs over £1bn in fire-related claims each year.

“You can reduce the chances of your home, business or other property becoming a target for an arsonist,” adds Andy, “by following some simple guidelines”.

  • Only put your rubbish out on the designated collection day and keep bins away from the walls of your property, ideally in a secure environment.
  • Fly-tipping is great fuel for arsonists. Always dispose of rubbish responsibly and make arrangements for combustible materials to be taken to a tip by a trustworthy source. Don’t leave any in front of your property.
  • Don’t let rubbish build up outside your property or allow bins to become too full.
  • Don’t put skips close to your property, arrange for them to be emptied or removed before they become too full. You should contact your local council about the disposal of bulky items.

Andy also urges people to immediately report anyone setting a fire deliberately, “don’t accept it, report it using 999 for the Fire Service if lives or property are at risk.

“Anti-social behaviour is often a precursor to arson. Report it and any information on arson to the Police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111,” he said.

Now more than ever, we need your help to fund the Bedford Independent’s quality journalism that serves our community...

We choose to champion editorial independence, meaning we report the facts without bias and can stand up to those in power when we believe it’s needed.

We can give a voice to people in our community whose voices may otherwise not be heard. And we don’t have a paywall, so everyone can read the stories we publish for free.

But in this time of crisis, many news organisations all over the world are facing existential threat, with advertising revenues plummeting. We’re no different.

We work hard every day to bring you news, commentary, entertainment and announcements from across Bedford. We hope that, with your help, we’ll be able to continue this for many years to come.

Will you help sustain our work today by clicking below ? Even a small donation makes a difference for our future.

Thank you for your support.