Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service is urging residents to help prevent their household wheelie bins becoming targets for arsonists over the Bonfire period.
Arson attacks on wheelie bins and refuse containers in the Merseyside area have nearly doubled in the last three years around Bonfire night, with 80 incidents taking place over the bonfire period last year, almost double the number of incidents during the same period in 2014 when 41 were recorded.
Domestic refuse bins can become easy fire targets outside properties particularly if they are left out after collection days.
This year during the past three weeks alone, crews from Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service have dealt with 24 fires linked to wheelie bins and refuse containers, with incidents taking place across Liverpool, Knowsley, Sefton, St Helens and the Wirral.
Michael Buratti, Arson Team Manager for Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service, said: ?The risk of wheelie bins being targeted during the run up to Bonfire night has increased in recent years and the figures in Merseyside in 2017 reflect that.
?Incidents like this are the result of irresponsible and dangerous behaviour, putting both the lives of residents and the safety of their properties at risk.
?We would urge local residents to take care in helping to minimise the risk of their bins being targeted. Only put your bin out on the day of collection and bring it back in immediately. Store it in a safe area away from windows and doors if possible.?
For fire safety advice call Merseyside & Rescue Service on 0800 731 5958. It is outside office hours, please leave a message with your details and a contact number 0800 731 5958.
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