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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Parents Asked to Tell Children - Flames Aren’t Games

20/07/2011

As the children break up for the school holidays Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service is reminding parents and guardians to ensure young people are aware of the dangers of deliberately starting grass fires.

"What many young people who start grass fires seem oblivious to is the fact that they are endangering their own lives as well as firefighters."

Risk Reduction Manager, David Steele

The Service tends to see a dangerous increase in grass fires over the school holidays, which is often due to children and teenagers starting fires deliberately.

Since the launch of the Flames Aren’t Games campaign in April this year, firefighters have been actively educating youngsters across the County about the dangers of starting fires and ‘Flames Aren’t Games’ posters have been distributed around Staffordshire’s schools. The campaign has also received support from local football clubs; Stoke City, Port Vale and Burton Albion whose players have featured in the posters.

Since April 1st this year, Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service has attended over 700 grass fires countywide, the majority of which were deliberately started.

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service is hoping that young people now realise just how dangerous a grass fire can be and will think twice before sparking a blaze this summer.

Risk Reduction Manager, David Steele said: "What many young people who start grass fires seem oblivious to is the fact that they are endangering their own lives as well as firefighters.

"A grass fire can quickly spread and it does not take much for clothing to set on fire and before you know it, you have horrific burns which could claim your life. 

 "For every call we receive about a grass fire there could be a person desperately trying to get out of a burning building or trapped in a car crash in urgent need of our assistance.

 "We work closely with partners to address the reasons for this type of crime and we hope that our work to date, including using Port Vale, Stoke City and Burton Albion footballer players as role models, has helped to educate young people about the dangers of playing with fire."