Chimney Fire Safety Week 4th – 8th September
Introduced in 2009, Chimney Fire Safety Week aims to raise awareness of safe chimney use and reduce instances of chimney fires. This includes the importance of regularly sweeping your chimneys, making sure they are clean and the appropriate fuel is used.
Tips to avoid a chimney fire
With Autumn creeping in, now is the time to get your chimney swept. You need to make sure your chimney is swept before using it in the upcoming colder months to make sure it is safe.
It is easy for a fire to accidently start in your chimney as soot and fuel residues slowly build up after continuous usage which sometimes these left overs can catch on fire. If this does happen, the chimney can send these burning left overs into your living room and also start fires within the roof space and other floors of your house.
Chimney Fire Safety Tips
· Always use a fire guard to protect against any burning left overs that may fall from the chimney.
· Make sure any embers are properly put out when leaving the fire place unattended, especially before going to bed.
· Make sure you clean your chimney and flue regularly.
A smoke alarm should give you some extra time to make sure you escape a house fire if the worst was to happen.
As well as chimney fires, a blocked chimney can cause carbon monoxide poisoning, so it’s very important that they are cleaned by a qualified chimney sweep.
How often should I clean my chimney?
· Oil – Once a year
· Gas – Once a year
· Bituminous Coal – Twice a year
· Wood – Four times a year
· Smokeless Coals – Once a year
At H Timmins Group, we are highly qualified in fire safety and fire maintenance. Contact us today to see if your fire safety procedures meet legal requirements.