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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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Why should you use dry firewood?

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Whilst it is true that any wood will burn, it is advisable to always burn dry firewood. Wood that hasn’t been dried still has water in it and a lot of energy (heat) created by burning is wasted in turning that water to steam. The benefits of properly dried firewood are:

 

  • Reduced environmental impact
  • Increased heat output
  • Easier to light
  • Less smoke
  • Less soot deposits

 

You can dry your own firewood or buy a branded dry firewood, such as Ready to Burn

Read How to dry your firewood for more information


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How to dry your firewood

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It is possible to dry your own firewood. The process takes at least one year and preferably two for maximum efficiency. You will need a supply of suitable wood (read What is the best type of wood to burn?) and a weather proof wood store.

The wood needs to be cut and stacked in a completely water proof environment. If you do not have the correct facilities ensure you buy seasoned wood from an accredited supplier. The best kiln dried wood has a water content of less than 20%.


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What is the best type of wood to burn

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Wood has been the natural choice for fires since the first caveman lit a flame, but there are many types of wood, so which is best

Apple – Burns slowly and produces a pleasant scent

Ash – Produces a steady flame and good heat output

Beech – A great wood for burning, with great heat

Birch – Burns quickly, but produced good heat

Hawthorn – Traditional firewood with a slow burn

Horse Chestnut – Better in stoves than open fires, as it can spit, but strong heat output

Oak – Small flame, but very slow burning

Robina – Slow burn and strong heat, but can produce an acrid smoke

Thorn – Steady flame and very strong heat without excess smoke.

 

Don’t forget that any wood you use needs to be dried properly, read How to dry your firewood