Be a Good Guy - bin it, don't burn it.
Now in its tenth year, Be the Good Guy Campaign is once again
asking residents to report any build-ups of combustible waste in
public spaces to help keep St Helens safe from anti-social
behaviour, firework nuisance and the lighting of dangerous
Community Safety partner agencies, including St Helens Council,
Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service (MFRS), Merseyside Police,
Helena Partnerships, Riverside Housing and others, will be working
together to remove the source of unsafe nuisance fires from public
All fires can be dangerous and unpredictable. Even a small
build-up of waste once lit can easily spread, especially if lit
close to nearby buildings, trees, fences and other flammable
material. They also often fuel anti-social behaviour and fireworks
St Helens Council's Trading Standards team is also encouraging
Good Guy retailers to limit their selling period of fireworks, to
help cut down on noise pollution and fireworks misuse.
Councillor Lisa Preston, St Helens Council's Cabinet Member for
Community Safety (pictured centre with community safety partners at
St Helens Community Fire Station) said: "No one is trying to be a
killjoy. Although the majority of residents enjoy the bonfire
festivities safely, there are a small minority who act
anti-socially - throwing fireworks, causing nuisance and lighting
dangerous fires in public spaces.
"We want residents to enjoy bonfire night safely, and are
encouraging everyone to attend organised firework displays."
Station Manager Paul Kay, Arson Reduction Coordinator for MFRS,
said: "Our key message this year is stay safe and have fun. We want
to drive down deliberate, anti-social, nuisance fires during the
bonfire period but we need help from people in the community to do
"Firefighters and our Prevention Team in St Helens are engaging
with young people and youth groups in the area, delivering bonfire
"Firefighters and fire prevention advocates are also liaising
with local shops and businesses to highlight the importance of
refuse control and storage of wheelie bins. Wheelie bins should be
stored away from windows and doors and should only be put out on
the day of collection and be removed as soon as possible after
collection to a secure location."
Neil Fairhurst, Neighbourhood Network Manager said: "Through our
continued involvement in the Be the Good Guy campaign we work
closely with a range of valued partners to make sure our
neighbourhoods, and in particularly vulnerable people living in our
communities, stay safe each year."
The council's free organised firework display takes place on
Sunday 5 November at Sherdley Park and promises to be a truly
To find out about other fun activities available for young
people over the autumn period, visit the YAZ website.
To report any build-up of combustible waste and fly-tipping on
public land, call the council's contact centre on 01744 676789.
Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service is also offering a phone
number to report fly tipping, which is through Fire Service Direct
on 0800 731 5958.
Anti-social behaviour can be reported by calling Merseyside
Police's non-emergency on 101. Call 999 in an emergency, or if a
crime is happening.
Find out more about the Be a Good Guy campaign