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Home Safety Week!

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This week (28th September to 4th October) is Home Safety Week! The campaign by the National Fire Chiefs Council (NFCC) encourages people to assess their homes and ensure they have adequate fire alarms for their needs.

 

If you are in a vulnerable group then the Fire Service can assist you with specific advice and even fit smoke or CO2 detectors.

 

If you are unsure about your smoke detector, fire alarm or CO2 detector needs you can ask us at your next appointment, or check out these videos from HETAS.

 

 


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Chimney Fire Safety Week

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From the 31st August – 6th September 2020 it is Chimney Fire Safety Week.

With around 4,300 avoidable chimney fires in the UK each year, HETAS, the solid fuel safety and standards organisation, is taking part in the annual campaign to raise awareness and promote safety messages to consumers.

This week stresses the importance of chimney sweeping and regular chimney maintenance, to decrease the number of completely avoidable chimney fires which are more prevalent between the months of January to March, with figures stating that over 40% of these types of fires occur over these three months.

It is essential that any maintenance or repairs are carried out before you start using your fire regularly for the season, so get in touch today on 07415 449800 to chat about your chimney needs.


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Essential Chimney Maintenance

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Summer is definitely here and you’re not using your chimney as much… Now is the perfect time to carry out any essential maintenance and repairs that will become a much bigger issue come the Winter.

This could be repointing the chimney stack, brick repairs or replacements, or our particular speciality, CCTV inspections. With all our clients, safety is our first priority, and issues with your chimney or flue can be very dangerous. A CCTV chimney inspection gives us the ability to accurately diagnose an issue as well as inspecting the general condition of the chimney or flue.

It is essential that a fire or chimney has not been used for 24hrs before a CCTV inspection, which is why it is best to do so in the warmth of the Summer!

You can be assured that we are fully insured and registered with the Institute of Chimney Sweeps and HETAS, so call us on 07415 449800 to book your CCTV Chimney Inspection this Summer.


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New rules affecting fuel

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New rules have been announced for next year that mean you will no longer be able to buy coal or wet wood for wood burners, stoves and open fires, in order to cut air pollution.

The government has said that wood burning stoves and coal fires are the largest source of fine particulate matter (small particles of air pollution which find their way into the body’s lungs and blood). Under the new rules, sales of bagged traditional house coal and wet wood in small units (less than 2m cube) will be phased out from February 2021. Also, makers of solid fuels will also need to show they have a very low sulphur content and only emit a small amount of smoke.

We always recommend using properly dried firewood, as not only does it have a reduced environmental impact, but the benefits also include an increased heat output, less smoke and soot deposits, and they are easier to light.

For advice on which fuel is best for you, give us a call on 07415 449800.


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Installing a Wood Burning Stove

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Are you considering the installation of a wood burning stove ahead of the winter?

With 85% more efficiency at heating your home, you can make a huge saving on your heating bill, as well as adding a timeless aesthetic that could possibly increase your property value.

Contrary to popular belief, you don’t necessarily need a chimney to have a log burner, so whether you want to make a modern addition or add a classic look to a room, we can do so with minimal installation.

We at All About Chimneys are HETAS registered solid fuel fire installation specialists, so you can rest assured you’ll be in expert hands when it comes to installing your wood burning stove. We will also give you our professional advice on the styles available as well as the installation, so give us a call on 07415 449800 to talk about the possibilities.


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How to light a fire

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There are two popular methods for lighting your fire, in this tip we are looking at the Traditional Method. Thanks to hetas.co.uk for the illustrations

 

What you need:

Newspaper or firelighters

Kindling (small pieces of dried wood)

Larger logs

 

What to do:

Crumple two sheets of newspaper into balls roughly the size of a cricket ball and place them in the hearth. You could also use two firelighters, which have a steadier burn rate

Place your kindling in a triangular tent over the newspaper or firelighters

Place two larger logs either side of your kindling tent

 

Carefully light the newspaper or firelighters which will ignite the kindling and then the logs are the heat increases. Once the fire is burning well you can regularly add more logs to keep it going.

 

 


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Coronavirus

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During this difficult and uncertain time we are happy to say that we are still operating. We are able to carry out chimney sweeping, maintenance and installation services.

Our visit will be subject to social distancing rules and we will wear full PPE during our visit. Unfortunately we will not be able to attend your property if someone in your home has Covid-19

Please contact us on 07415 449800 if you have any questions about our services during this difficult time.


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National Bird Guard Week – 9th to 13th March

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It is estimated that over a million birds die each year by getting trapped in chimneys. The Guild of Master Chimney Sweeps says, “Sweeps find all sorts of dead birds in chimneys – owls, starlings, pigeons, jackdaws and sparrows are among the many species. We’ve even heard of a duck and the occasional bat!”. Unfortunately the problem of birds in chimneys includes old fireplaces that have been blocked off at the bottom but left open at the top – often birds will fly in and not be able to get out.

It is essential that the correct bird guard is fitted for your type of chimney, and you can contact us to receive expert advice on this matter. Guild of Master Chimney Sweeps technical director Steven Howard gives the following advice, “it is very important that the correct design of guard is fitted. Always use a professional chimney sweep or fireplace installer. They know what is safe to fit and how to fit it properly. Never use homemade devices and never push mesh into the top of a chimney, it can be dangerous.”

Preventing birds from making their nests in your chimney will also protect you from dangerous situations such as carbon monoxide entering your room due to the blockage, and chimney fires.

Support National Bird Guard Week and get in touch to chat about having a bird guard fitted on your chimney.


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Smoke Control Legislation

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The Clean Air Acts of 1956 and 1968 were introduced to deal with the huge smog problems of the 50s and 60s. The Acts give local authorities the power to control emissions of smoke, grit, dust and fumes. One of the powers the Acts confer is the right to declare ‘smoke control areas’ in which emissions of smoke from domestic properties are banned.

These Acts together with associated Clean Air legislation were consolidated into the Clean Air Act 1993 which provide the current legislation.

You can contact your local authority to see if you live in a smoke control area. The maximum fine for emitting smoke in a control area is £1000 for each offence.


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Chimneys and your home insurance

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Having an open fire, wood or multi fuel burner adds a lovely feature to your home, but you need to bear in mind your responsibilities when it comes to maintenance.

 

Your home insurance will cover you for chimney fires, however your insurer may refuse to pay out if you cannot prove that your chimney has been sufficiently maintained. So how often should you have your chimney swept? As a guide

 

Smokeless fuel: Once a year

Oil or Gas: Once a year

Wood: Quarterly (when in use)

Bituminous coal: Quarterly (when in use)

 

As an ICS Registered Chimney Sweep I can give you a Chimney Sweeping Certificate, which is a necessary compliance for your house insurance.