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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Parents urged to warn children about dangers of derelict buildings

22/07/2015

Arson Safety
Flames Aren't Games

Parents are being urged to warn their children about the dangers of playing in derelict buildings during the school summer holidays.

"I would urge parents to know the whereabouts of their children when they go out during the holidays. While the vast majority of young people wouldn’t play in derelict buildings, there are some who may be unaware of the significant risks they face if they do so. The floors in such properties are often unsafe and could collapse leading to injury. If someone decides to set light to the premises, those inside may be unable to escape and the consequences this could reap have the potential to be absolutely catastrophic."

Donna Broadhead - Prevent Manager for the north of the county

There have been a number of incidents in recent years where void properties in Stoke-on-Trent, including former pubs, have been set alight.

The risk posed to young people if they are playing in the buildings when an incident occurs is significant.

Donna Broadhead, Prevent Manager for the north of the county, said: "I would urge parents to know the whereabouts of their children when they go out during the holidays. While the vast majority of young people wouldn’t play in derelict buildings, there are some who may be unaware of the significant risks they face if they do so. The floors in such properties are often unsafe and could collapse leading to injury. If someone decides to set light to the premises, those inside may be unable to escape and the consequences this could reap have the potential to be absolutely catastrophic.

"We are working closely with Stoke-on-Trent City Council to put on the popular StreetGames sports sessions as well as with Stoke City Football Club which is hosting its annual Kicks programme. These are fun but organised events where young people can spend their time in a positive over the long summer break."

For information on the free StreetGames events visit: http://www.staffordshirefire.gov.uk/3492.asp