There are over 5,500 preventable chimney fires in England, Wales and Scotland, the most common causes being poor chimney maintenance, inappropriately sized or poorly installed appliances, blocked chimneys from soot or bird nests and the burning of unseasoned wood.
Chimney Fire Safety Week 2017 takes place from the 4th to the 10th September this year. The event is intended to highlight the causes of chimney fires and educate homeowners on how to prevent a chimney fire from occurring in the first place.
How to prevent chimney fires
Follow these simple tips to greatly reduce your chances of having a fire in your chimney
What to do in the event of the chimney fire
Always call the Fire and Rescue Service for a chimney fire – it has the ability to destroy your home.
After a chimney fire
After a chimney fire has occurred it must be inspected thoroughly as soon as possible by a Certified Sweep before the chimney is used again. This is to ascertain if the rapid and dramatic changes of temperature, which would have occurred within the chimney, have caused any damage and also to determine the need for any remedial measures. It is imperative that the chimney is not used prior to inspection.
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