How to prevent a wheelie bin fire

Wheelie bin on fire

We would like to urge residents and businesses to store all bins away to avoid them becoming a target for arsonists.

Don't let your bin become a target for arsonists

  • Store all wheelie bins away, especially at night, to avoid them becoming a target for arsonists

  • 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

  • Do not overfill your wheelie bins or leave loose rubbish around them

Wheelie bin safety advice

  • Don't place hot items in the bin, for example:  smoking materials, hot embers from coal/wood, hot ash, etc

  • Don't store wheelie bins by windows or doors - any fire in the bin could easily spread to your property

Carry out your own home safety check

Complete our online home safety check and you will get a personalised fire safety plan, which will offer advice on how to prevent fires in your home.

Do the online home safety check

Book a Safe and Well Visit for over 65's

Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service will fit free smoke alarms for people who are aged over 65 and for people who are referred to us by partner agencies because they are considered to be at a particular risk.

If you are over 65 years of age and you live in Cheshire, you can arrange for a Firefighter or a Community Safety Advocate to visit your home for a free home safety visit. During the home safety visit advice will be given on how to make your home safer, what to do in the event of a fire and what to do if you are trapped by a fire. Free smoke alarms will also be fitted (if needed) with an explanation on how to maintain them correctly.

Book a home safety visit for over 65’s

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Wheelie bin on fire