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Last Updated: Monday May 08 2006 11:49 GMT

Can arson attacks on schools be stopped?

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Fire experts say the best way to stop people setting fire to buildings and property is to teach them that fire can be dangerous. It not only damages property but can also cause severe injury or death.

Experts say there are four other main ways to help stop arson in schools:

  • Take part in regular fire drills
  • Lock away any materials that burn easily
  • Store waste bins and wheelie bins away from the building, locked up if possible
  • Discourage arsonists from entering the building or grounds by maintaining fencing and keeping alarm systems up-to-date

Some fire experts also think fitting schools with sprinklers could help reduce the damage caused by fires.

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