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Chimney fire safety promoted

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Station Commander Alan Haley form the Community Safety department at HWFRS said: “We always experience a peak in the number of chimney fires we get called to as the weather turns colder and 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.”

Key to preventing a chimney fire is ensuring that chimneys are swept regularly, and HWFRS is urging anyone with a real fire or a woodburning 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 confirmed that over this weekend, crews from HWFRS have responded to seven seperate chimney fires across the two counties (two in Bromsgrove, two in Hereford, Ledbury and Hindlip).

A full list of approved sweeps operating locally is available from www.nacs.org.uk orwww.apics.org.uk or www.guildofmasterchimneysweeps.co.uk while more information on chimney fire safety can be found on the Service’s website at www.hwfire.org.uk under the Your Safety heading.

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.