'Burnt room' highlights chimney safety message
The Burnt Room scene will be set up in a unit in The Maltings from Wednesday 23 November until Sunday 27 November, and will include walls and furnishings burnt and smoke damaged as a result of a chimney fire.
Pete Hope, Community Safety Advisor with Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Service (H&WFRS), explained: "Chimney fire safety is always an important part of our Winter Safety Campaign and we want to show people just how far-reaching the effects of a chimney fire can be.
"We've found that the burnt room set illustrates this very well and we hope that shoppers will stop by and take a closer look.
"Of course, we're not looking to alarm people, but rather to remind them that most chimney fires can be prevented, simply by ensuring that chimneys are swept on a regular basis."
He urged all those with open fires or woodburners to make an appointment now to have their chimney swept if they have done so already this winter, and to visit www.hwfire.org.uk under the 'Your Safety' heading for a list of approved chimney sweeps operating locally.
Members of H&WFRS's Community Safety Team will also be on hand in The Maltings during the five days of the burnt room initiative to offer further chimney safety advice and answer any safety queries regarding open fires and woodburners.