Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service

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Arson Reduction Advice – Homes and Private Dwellings:

Outside your property:

Wheelie Bins

  • Ensure these are locked away behind secure gates or fences wherever possible
  • Only put out on morning of bin collection day and remove promptly after collection.
  • Assist neighbours who may struggle to put out or return the bins after collection.

Garden and fencing

  • Ensure any damage to fencing is repaired promptly to deter intruders.
  • Where provided, side entry gates should be secured unless in use, to prevent intruders accessing the rear of your premises.
  • Avoid leaving bins, rubbish, or other combustible items, accessible and especially not against the walls of your home. These are a ready supply of fuel for the arsonist.
  • Don't leave flammable liquids, (turps, thinners, etc), in the open. Ensure such items are locked in a shed or outbuilding unless in use.
  • Sheds and garages should be well secured as they often contain tools which can be used to force entry to your home. They may also contain flammable liquids!

Intruder alarm / security lighting / CCTV

  • Consider providing the above security systems to deter intruders.
  • If provided.... ensure they are maintained and fully operational at all appropriate times.
  • If using CCTV, please ensure your system is operational and you know how to view and download the images.

Inside your property:

External doors

  • Fit good quality external doors.
  • Existing doors that incorporate flimsy panels can be upgraded with good quality plywood.
  • Ensure gaps, (particularly at the bottom), are kept to a minimum.
  • Five lever mortice locks are advised for external doors.


  • A metal mailbox will contain most burning materials, (including fireworks), pushed through the letter flap. If the flap is well fitted and maintained properly, it will close following the introduction of a burning item, thereby restricting the oxygen supply which feeds the flames. Intumescent letter flaps and mail containers are also available, offering the added advantage of containing any liquid accelerant (such as petrol), introduced through the opening.

Home security

  • Maintain a rigid 'lock-up' regime whenever your home is vacated.
  • Be aware that burning materials are sometimes introduced into homes through open ground floor windows. Close them if no one is home and consider fitting window locks.

For a home fire safety check please ring Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service on 0800 731 5958 or click to arrange a visit.

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