Chimney fire safety promoted
Station Commander Alan Haley form the Community Safety department at HWFRS said: "We have been lucky with the weather so far this autumn but we always experience a peak in the number of chimney fires we get called to as the weather turns colder. Although this seasonal rise is to be expected, we are keen to highlight that many chimney fires can be avoided simply by taking a few simple safety measures."
Station Commander Haley continued: "The key to preventing a chimney fire is ensuring that chimneys are swept regularly. We would urge anyone with a real fire or a wood burning stove to book an appointment now with an approved chimney sweep to have their chimney cleaned if they haven't already done so this autumn".
The Service also advises people to burn only the recommended fuel for their particular type of fire.
SC Haley urged people to act today to get their chimney swept while it is fresh in their minds and at the same time, to check that their smoke alarm is working as this will give an early alert to any fire in the home.