South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue

South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue
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How to prevent arson

A big percentage of the fires we attend are started by people deliberately.

Even small deliberate fires, like bin and rubbish fires, can quickly spread and put lives and property in danger.

We’ve managed to cut the number of deliberate fires in South Yorkshire massively in recent years. But there are still some simple things you can do to prevent arson where you live.

Our main advice is:

  • Put bins out early on the morning of collection, rather than the night before
  • Take bins from the kerbside as soon as you can after they have been emptied
  • Store bins and rubbish away from buildings, but within the boundary of your property

You can also help us and the police by reporting people who you know are starting fires in your area. To do this, you can call Firestoppers anonymously on 0800 169 5558 or by filling out a form online, here.

This content was last updated on June 30th, 2021