Wheelie bin fires cause for concern in Runcorn
Residents in Runcorn are being urged by firefighters to only leave wheelie bins outside on collection day following an increase in deliberate fires.
Over the past week firefighters have dealt with three separate wheelie bin fires in the Brookvale area of the town.
Firefighters are appealing for those responsible to consider the possible fatal consequences of starting fires deliberately.
They are also asking people living or working in the area to take measures to prevent their wheelie bins from becoming a target for arsonists.
Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service’s advice for preventing a wheelie bin fire can be found here:
Store all wheelie bins away, especially at night, to avoid them becoming a target for arsonists
Only place your wheelie bin outside on collection day and return it to a safe place in your property as soon as possible after collection
Whenever possible wheelie bins should be stored securely behind locked gates
Do not overfill your wheelie bins or leave loose rubbish around them
Runcorn Fire Station Manager Ian Pugh said: “This is an extremely dangerous form of anti-social behaviour that could result in putting the lives of the community and properties at risk.
“Small fires that are started deliberately also tie up resources, meaning that it will take longer for fire crews to respond to actual emergencies, such as house fires.
“A fire can start anywhere and I would like to say to the people responsible for these fires that it could be your family or friends that we are delayed in getting to and trying to save because we have to put out a fire that is completely avoidable.
“While we are working closely with our partners to tackle this issue we also need the public’s help to stop wheelie bins being a target for arsonists. The public can do this by following our safety advice.”
Anyone with information about wheelie bin fires in Runcorn should contact Cheshire Police on 101, give the details online at https://www.cheshire.police.uk/contact/general-enquiries or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
If you see a fire do not attempt to tackle it yourself, instead call 999 immediately.