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Fire Service Issue New Firework Safety Warning

Wednesday, 28 October 2015

Sefton residents are being urged by firefighters to immediately report blazes which have been caused by yobs using fireworks in the build up to Bonfire Night.

Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service has been called out to a number of house fires recently that have been started deliberately by fireworks.

All deliberate fires attended by firefighters are investigated - but if a call is made at a later stage about an incident, the evidence may have been removed or destroyed which can harm enquiries.

Officials are therefore asking residents to call emergency services as soon as possible if they witness an incident.

Watch Manager Ian Mullen, MF&RS arson reduction coordinator, said: "Deliberately setting fires is arson and we work with the police to identify those responsible.

"Any fireworks thrown at a property or in a residential area puts people in danger of a serious injury. This behaviour can cause a serious fire and result in severe damage to a property.

"If anyone does experience a fire caused by a firework, I would urge them to call 999 and to report the incident immediately. This will help our Incident Investigation Team to gather valuable evidence to find those responsible."

Residents can also prevent their wheelie bins being targeted by only putting them out on the day of collection and bringing them in immediately after the rubbish has been collected.

Firefighters also say that wheelie bins should never be stored near windows or doors.

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Tom Martin
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