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Sweep a chimney and save a life

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After a spate of fires involving chimneys and woodburning stoves, Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Service is urging homeowners to get their chimneys swept by a registered sweep to prevent chimney damage, and, in worse cases, household fires.

Having your chimney swept regularly can prevent chimney fires, and all it takes is one phone call (to a registered sweep), one modest payment and one hour of your time.

Despite the relatively mild winter, HWFRS has attended around 30 chimney and woodburner fires since early February – including 10 in the last week.

To keep you and your family safe from fire:

  • always use a fire guard to protect against flying sparks from hot embers
  • make sure embers are properly put outbefore you go to bed
  • keep chimneys and flues clean and well maintained
  • never burn rubbish
  • never use flammable liquids such as petrol or paraffin to light your fireStation Commander Amy Bailey from HWFRS's Community Risk department said:"To keep you and your family safe from fire make sure you have your chimney swept regularly, depending on what fuel you burn."Station Commander Bailey continued: "A stove or open fire can be an ideal and pleasant way to keep warm, but without proper maintenance a chimney can become dangerous."She urged people to make an appointment now with a registered chimney sweep if their chimney is due a clean. Further chimney safety advice and full details of chimney sweeps operating locally are listed on the Service's website at www.hwfire.org.uk under the Safety and Advice heading.Ends