Chimney Safety Fire Advice
With summer drawing to a close, now is the time to make sure that your chimney is ready for the winter months ahead. As part of the national Fire Kills campaign, Herefordshire and Worcestershire Fire Rescue Service are urging householders to ensure their chimney is safe and to have their chimney swept by a registered chimney sweep.
Open fires not only warm up a home, but also create a unique relaxing ambience. To prevent this ambience being ruined by a fire, it is important to have your chimney swept regularly. Chimney fires usually occur because the deposits of combustion are left within the flueways, which then set alight from the high temperatures or flames from a very hot fire.
Chimneys should be swept according to the type of fuel used:
- Smokeless coals: At least once a year
- Wood: Up to four times a year
- Bituminous coal: Twice a year
- Oil: Once a year
- Gas: Once a year
A blocked or defective chimney can also cause carbon monoxide poisoning so never interrupt the air supply by blocking air vents or air bricks. Always ensure the fire is extinguished before going to bed or leaving the house and don't forget to remind your friends and family to get theirs swept as well.
There are a number of associations where you can search for a chimney sweep. We recommend the following:
The Association of Professional Independent Chimney Sweeps
www.apcis.org.uk (0845 604 4327)
The Guild of Master Chimney Sweeps
www.hetas.co.uk (01684 278170)
The Institute of Chimney Sweeps
http://www.instituteofchimneysweeps.com (01622 670333)
The National Association of Chimney Sweeps
http://www.nacs.org.uk (01785 811732)
Follow our advice to ensure you have a warm, cosy and safe winter!
Corporate Communications Manager
Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Service
Tel: 01905 368 319