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I Know What You Did Last Summer

Last summer the number of deliberate grass and rubbish fires in Staffordshire more than quadrupled during the first three weeks of the school holidays compared to the same period the previous year.

Now, our accomplice is out to prevent this year being a repeat of #LastSummer. His identity is unknown, but he knows all your secrets and knows exactly what you did last summer…

Keep your eyes peeled on our social media to find out exactly how to keep our accomplice off your back, and more importantly how to prevent starting an accidental or deliberate fire this summer. Such fires can result in a serious fine, prison sentence and even loss of life! So, don’t let a small mistake or a lack of judgement turn into a lifetime of guilt and regret.

Deliberate and accidental fires have devastating consequences

They:

  • Put lives at danger
  • Put a strain on our limited resources
  • Cause damage that can cost up to £8 million a year - a needless cost to the economy
  • Ruin the local area

Video 1: Deliberate outdoor grass fires

Video 2: BBQs

Video 3: Deliberate bin fires

Video 4: Accidental cigarette fires

What can we do to prevent these fires?

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.

Diversionary Activities

We promote a range of diversionary activities during Easter and Summer holidays to keep young people entertained. Find out what activities are taking place throughout the Summer:

Advice to parents and guardians

If you are a parent make sure your children know the devastating consequences of fire setting.

  • A fire can quickly get out of control, injuring them and other people
  • They could receive a prison sentence and criminal record. This could massively affect their future job prospects
  • They could be issued with a £5000 fine
  • Remind them that Flames Aren’t Games!

Barbecue safety tips

To avoid injuries or damage to property follow these simple precautions:

  • Never leave the barbecue unattended
  • Ensure the barbecue is on a flat site, well away from a shed, trees or shrubs
  • Keep children, garden games and pets well away from the cooking area
  • Keep a bucket of water or sand nearby for emergencies
  • Ensure the barbecue is cool before attempting to move it

If you do use a disposable barbecue:

  • It is imperative that they are placed on an even surface on either bricks or paving slabs
  • Place disposable barbecues well away from the house, shed or fences
  • Do not use disposable barbecues near or on public benches
  • If you're using a disposable barbecue ensure it has cooled before putting it in the bin. To avoid starting a fire you should allow it to cool for several hours and then consider pouring water over it to make sure it's out.

Cigarette Disposal

Make sure you:

  • Use a sturdy ashtray with a wide, stable base or a can filled with sand to collect ashes
  • Soak cigarette butts and ashes in water before throwing them away
  • Never toss hot cigarette butts or ashes into a bin or onto dry grass and hedges