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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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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.


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How often should you have your chimney swept?

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As the evenings start to draw in and the weather gets chillier a nice warm, cosy fire sounds really good, but if you haven’t had your chimney swept all through summer then you really need to get this done before you start your first fire of the season.

 

If you burn smoke-less fuel, then it will be fine to have your chimney swept once a year at this time. However if you burn wood or bituminous housed coal then we would advise having it swept twice a year, once at the beginning of the burning season and once at the end.

 

Remember to get it booked in good time, as this is our busiest time of year!