Warning over wheelie bin and rubbish fires

FIRE ALERT: wheelie bin blazes can cause extensive damage and threaten lives.

FIRE ALERT: wheelie bin blazes can cause extensive damage and threaten lives.

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Residents in North Lanarkshire are being urged to help firefighters combat fires involving wheelie bins and refuse.

The Wheelie Bin and Rubbish Fire Initiative aims to highlight a traditional increase in deliberate fires in winter involving rubbish and refuse and the damage, and danger to life, that this can cause.

Paul Devlin, head of prevention and protection at the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service’s North Lanarkshire headquarters, explained: “The reckless and irresponsible behaviour of a minority of people causes a significant increase in the number of outdoor fires at this time of year.

“Children and young people are often responsible for these incidents, which put themselves and others in real danger.

“Anyone involved in starting fires needs to know their actions could cause a tragedy. Our message to the people of North Lanarkshire is simple: Fire setting is an offence – don’t accept it, report it.

“A small fire involving rubbish in a wheelie bin could quickly spread. Parents have a responsibility to make sure their children know how dangerous playing with fire is to themselves, their friends and others.”