Category Archives: Safety

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Chimney Fire Safety Week

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Chimney Fire Safety Week is from Monday 4th September until Sunday 10th September.

This important week raises awareness of chimney fires and promotes safety messages including the importance of chimney sweeping and regular chimney maintenance, to decrease the number of avoidable chimney fires.

Being your modern-day chimney sweepers, we have come across a few common issues that can occur if you don’t take care of your chimney. Doing this regularly can really help prevent unwanted fires in your chimney.

We’ve seen a few things that could lead to fires in chimneys. So, here’s some stuff to remember:

  • Chimneys can get dirty and have sticky stuff called tar inside. Tar can catch fire easily as it’s extremely flammable. But don’t worry, with our regular checks, we’ll keep your chimney clean and safe.
  • Once your fire is burning, be sure that you never put any paper or rubbish onto the fire. This can create floating embers which can cause a chimney fire, or even float out and land on things in your home, like carpets and furniture which can start a house fire.
  • If you have a fireguard or spark guard, use it. This keeps the fire where it’s supposed to be and stops it from spreading to your furniture or carpets.
  • When going to bed or going out, even if it’s for a loaf of bread at the shop, PUT OUT YOUR FIRE. Make sure that it’s completely out, you don’t want to come or home or wake up to a house fire.

Did you know the national fire and rescue statistics show, chimney fires have been decreasing in most regions over the years. In England chimney fires have decreased by 2.75% compared to the last year.  This is great news, but we need to stay vigilant!

Remember, it’s a really good idea to get your chimney checked and fixed up before you start using it a lot. If you need help with your chimney, just give us a call at 07415449800. We’re here for you!

What to do if there’s a fire

  1. Get out of the building, closing any doors behind you.
  2. Stay out of the building.
  3. Call 999 and ask for the fire service.

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HETAS Carbon Monoxide Safety Videos

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The HETAS series of CO safety videos covering everything from signs and symptoms to where to position your alarm.

 


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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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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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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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Burning your Christmas Tree – is it safe?

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Well Christmas is well and truly over, but how many of you still have your dead Christmas tree hanging about waiting to be disposed of? Perhaps you are thinking that burning it will be a lot easier than dragging it into the car and down to the tip? Unfortunately burning your Christmas tree is not such a good idea.

The needles and branches of fir trees contain substances which have a very high energy content, if you burn these in your fireplace or wood burner it could lead to a chimney fire. The trunk is not quite as risky, however you do need to dry this wood out completely in order for it to be safe to burn. For more details on drying your firewood read my blog

It is also worth bearing in mind that fir wood (also pine and spruce) creates a lot of creosote which can built up inside your chimney and cause fires


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Your Festive Fireplace

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The image of a beautiful fireplace dressed for Christmas with boughs of holly and ivy and stockings hung with care is a well known Christmas staple, but are you aware that your seasonal decorations could be a fire risk! Here are some tips to help you stay safe over Christmas

 

  • Your Christmas tree should be at least 3 feet away from your fireplace.
  • Ensure your real tree is watered regularly to prevent it drying out and causing more fire risk
  • If you are placing candles on your mantle ensure they are always supervised and extinguished correctly
  • When dressing your mantle with greenery ensure the boughs do not drape in front of the opening
  • If hanging stockings ensure they do not block the opening and where possible use non-flammable materials
  • Use a fire guard to prevent sparks dropping on to your festive fireplace adornments

Yes the fireplace in this image is an accident waiting to happen!


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Keeping your fireplace safe for all the family

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If you don’t have children then although fireplace safety is still and issue it is not as difficult as it is for those who do, but at Christmas little visitors are much more likely, so here are some tips to keep little ones safe around your fire

 

  1. Get a fire safety gate that you can put up when smaller family members visit.
  2. As Christmas presents get unwrapped do not burn the paper in the fireplace – coloured papers can release toxic fumes when burnt
  3. Don’t keep your Christmas gifts too close to the fire
  4. Make sure you take the time to carefully explain the dangers of the fire to little visitors

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Bin that Ash

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How often do you clean out the ash? Once a week, once a month, once a season? Our advice is to remove the ash after each burning. Hot or cooling ash can be a fire and carbon monoxide hazard. Here are our tips for cleaning out your ash

 

  • Let ash cool for sufficient time after a fire and keep your stove door closed
  • Use appropriate equipment, including safety gloves
  • Use a galvanised steel or metal ash can or bucket that can be sealed to collect the ash
  • Take your time to avoid spreading ashes across the room
  • Carefully transport the container outside of your home
  • Dispose in a designated area
  • Do not collect ash in a bucket in your home for any period of time