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Plea To Parents After Deliberate Fires In North Yorkshire

Plea To Parents After Deliberate Fires In North Yorkshire

Published by Karen Liu at 6:31am 16th April 2020. (Updated at 7:09am 16th April 2020)

North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue has issued a plea to parents and guardians following a number of deliberate fires. 

The service said:

"Despite the current lockdown, we're still attending deliberate fires so we are asking parents and guardians to make sure they know where their children are and what they are up to. 

Over the last few weeks we have still attended a number of small outdoor fires which were started deliberately, some of we believe were started by children and young people.

We are asking that if you are a parent or guardian that you know what your children are up to when they are taking their daily exercise.

You can help keep your families safe by keeping matches and lighters somewhere out of the reach of children, talking to them about fire safety and fitting smoke alarms on every level of your home. 

Please remind children that:

  • Deliberately starting fires is usually a criminal offence and even small fires can endanger lives. 
  • Fire spreads quickly and can be unpredictable. 
  • Playing with fire in the home or garden can have serious unintended consequences. 
  • Fires outside can easily get out of control and cause damage to woodland, moorland and wildlife. 

If you are worried that your child is playing with fire you can get confidential advice by calling (freephone) 0800 074 0064 or emailing".

There have been 28 of deliberate fires across North Yorkshire, nine of which have been in Scarborough.

Nick Bullamore, Station Manager for Prevention at North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue service, said:

"From rubbish fires to campfires, bins in playgrounds and a lot of small fires in the open.

What we want to stress, is that all fires however small, can be very dangerous.

Fires can spread very quickly and are unpredictable. Especially fires outside can easily get out of control an cause quite a lot of damage to woodlands and the moors and the wildlife." 

Nick added:

"We've seen an increase in both types of incidents over the past few weeks.

A rise in fires getting out of control in gardens, but also a large rise in small fires being out in the open.

This is why we're asking parents and guardians just to be mindful about where their children are and what they're up to when they're taking their daily exercise."

Nick has been speaking to Yorkshire Coast Radio's Jon Burke:




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zara, on 16th April 2020 9:46am
are these the same parents weeping and wailing about not wanting their children to return to school before september???

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