During the Easter and Summer holidays we see an increase in fires which are started deliberately in parks and outdoor spaces where young people hang out.
Fires started on purpose for ‘fun’ or out of ‘boredom’ to bins, rubbish and grass often get out of hand and spread quickly.
These deliberate outdoor fires take up a lot of our firefighters time and our crews could be putting out these avoidable grass and bin fires when they should be helping someone whose life may be in danger at a house fire or road traffic collision.
In Staffordshire we saw the number of outdoor fires more than triple in Spring 2017 compared to 2016. Between January and April 2016 there were 181 secondary fires throughout the county, this has risen to 590 during the same period in 2017. Approximately 76 per cent of these fires were caused deliberately.
We promote a range of diversionary activities during Easter and Summer holidays to keep young people entertained!
Share the information about the consequences of setting fires deliberately with young people. You can raise awareness through social media about our campaign 'Flames Aren't Games' by sharing the images and videos which we have created.
If you see people playing with fire contact 999 an crime stoppers.
We have teamed up with Stoke on Trent based charity the Urban Arts Centre to produce the Flames Aren't Games music video. The aim of the video is to raise awareness about the consequences of setting fires to fun.
If you are a parent make sure your children know the devastating consequences of fire setting.