Police and Fire Service warning over deliberate fires

Police Scotland will be increasing their patrols in the area after reports of a spate of deliberate fire raising in wheelie bins taking place in Wester Hailes and Kingsnowe.

The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service have released a warning that not only are deliberate fire raising potentially delaying attendance at a more serious incident, fire setting can result in injury, property damage and environmental pollution, but setting wheelie bins alight can release toxic fumes.

Here is some advice from the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service on what you can do to combat deliberate fire raising in your area:

  • Being aware of strangers loitering in your street – if they do so for some time, inform Police Scotland on the non-emergency number 101.
  • Contacting Police Scotland via the non-emergency number 101 to share information on anyone who deliberately sets fires. Alternatively, give the information anonymously by calling Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
  • Reporting any build-up of rubbish to your local authority or community fire station. This will help ensure it can be removed and prevent fires.
  • Ensuring you are aware of where the children or young people you look after are – and what they’re doing.
  • Making sure that children and young people are aware of the risks of playing with fire and the consequences of deliberately setting a fire.
  • Reporting any fly-tipping directly to your local authority or to the National Dumb Dumpers Stop line on 0845 230 40 90.
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