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Chimney fire - firefighters issue chimney fire safety advice

Writtle Park Drive, Chelmsford
27/11/2018 @ 21:47
Incident Number: 90870
In attendance: 1 x Chelmsford


Firefighters were called to a chimney fire in Chelmsford last night after a concerned neighbour spotted flames coming out of the chimney in the next door property.

Firefighters had to remove the wood burner from the fireplace to gain access to the chimney in order to extinguish the fire.

Watch Manager Nick Singleton, Chelmsford Fire Station said:
"Incidents like this show how important it is to take some extra precautions if you use a open fire or burner.

"The top reason for chimney fires is the flues haven't been swept regulary enough, and that was the case at this incident. When we pulled the burner away to gain access to the flue, a huge amount of soot fell out. Chimney fires can cause a lot of damage to the house so we want encourage everyone to follow our fire safety advice."

Keep your family and home safe by following our chimney safety advice:

  • Have your chimney swept at least once a year, or more frequently if you burn wood. (Always use a competent chimney sweep who is able to provide you with a certificate upon completion of their work.)
  • Only use suitable fuels. Using the wrong type of fuel on a liner will reduce the life of the liner considerably due to increased corrosion.
  • Avoid burning resinous woods as soot builds up quickly. Suitable seasoned timber must be used in all solid fuel stoves.
  • Do not stack fires too high and remember to let them burn down well before you go to bed.
  • Use a fire or spark guard.
  • Do not place objects on or over the mantle-piece which may cause you to stand too close to the fire to reach or use them.
  • Inspect your chimney regularly - particularly in the roof space - to ensure that it is sound and that sparks or fumes cannot escape through cracks or broken bricks.

"It is also vital that you have working smoke alarms fitted in your home. This property did not have any working smoke alarms, so we fitted new smoke alarms before we left. I would strongly encourage anyone who doesn't have working smoke alarms to call and book a home safety visit with us.

"Smoke alarms help save lives by giving you earlier warning of a fire and extra time to get out safely. We fit smoke alarms completely FREE of charge. Call us on: 0300 303 0088 or book online: www.essex-fire.gov.uk/book."

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