Hull City Council is offering advice to help residents keep their wheelie bins safe around Bonfire Night.
The Fifth of November brings increased risk of theft and arson, so the council and Humberside Fire and Rescue Service are working together again this year to promote wheelie bin safety and help prevent such incidents.
Wheelie bins left out for longer than necessary between collection times are at increased risk.
To highlight the dangers, the council will be placing tags on bins that are at risk, providing information on how to protect bins, as well as contact details for those with concerns about arson and antisocial behaviour.
Councillor Julia Conner, Portfolio holder for Environment, said: “Bonfire Night should be fun for all the family. Unfortunately, there is always an increased risk of theft and arson attacks on wheelie bins around this time.”
“Simple steps, such as making sure your bin is not left out for longer than necessary, can help to protect your bins and prevent unnecessary worry.”
To help prevent theft and arson attacks, residents should:
- Store bins safely within the boundary of their properties, especially at night
- Avoid blocking doorways and placing bins under windows
- Put bins out at 7am on collection days and return them as soon as possible
- Avoid overfilling bins and leaving loose bagged rubbish around them.
Old items such as beds, mattresses, wardrobes, tables and chairs should not be left at the front of properties, as they can also present a potential fire risk. Bulky item collections can be arranged using the council’s online form or by calling 01482 300300.
See Humberside Fire and Rescue’s Bonfire Night safety advice here