A SPATE of wheelie bin fires in a Tyldesley Park has prompted an urgent borough-wide warning from the fire service.
Residents are being urged to make sure that their wheelie bins are secure at night in a bid to reduce fires.
Half-term, Halloween and Bonfire night often lead to an increase in blazes across the borough and each time an appliance is called out it costs £2,000.
Local partners including fire crews, police, the council and Wigan Leisure and Culture Trust carried out an awareness and fire safety drive at Astley Street Park which has been blighted with wheelie bin fires in recent weeks.
The team spoke to youths on the Park, fitted free smoke alarms in houses nearby and educated residents on rubbish bin safety.
Wayne Guffog, Atherton station commander, said: “At this time of year, during the half-term period, incidents involving wheelie bins increase.
“In fact, wheelie bin fires happen a lot more than they are reported.
“During our awareness day, we spoke to the residents nearby and educated the local children about when incidents like this happen, where else the fire crews could be and what else they could be doing.
“Each time a fire engine is called out, that costs £2,000 so we hope that by speaking to the youngsters about these incidents, will reduce them. We also spoke to residents and continue to urge people to put their bins out as close to the collection time as possible, so that they are not out all night.
“And then once they have been collected, to put them away as soon as they can.
“When a bin gets stolen and burnt out, that inconveniences the resident who then will store their rubbish in bin bags which can in turn, be a fire hazard also.”
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