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Is your chimney ready?

Now that the hot summery weather is a fading into distant memory and a cooler autumn chill is the air we want to remind everyone who has an open fire or burner to get their chimneys swept.

As part of this year’s national Chimney Fire Safety week  (3-9 September) Essex County Fire and Rescue Service are urging everyone to get your chimneys swept by an approved sweep to prevent chimney fires. Chimney fires in England accounted for over 4,200 incidents dealt with by UK fire and rescue services between April 2016 and March 2017.

Lee Lucas, Head of Community Safety said:

“All chimneys and flues need to be regularly cleaned and checked to ensure they’re free from debris and in full working order. A blocked or defective chimney can cause a chimney fire which can be devastating to homes as well as life threatening.

"If the worst should happen, working smoke alarms can give you an early warning, make sure you have at least one smoke alarm on every level of your home and test them monthly. Also if you have family, friends or a neighbour who may need our help to fit a new smoke alarms then please get in touch."

Our fire safety tips

  • Have your chimney swept by a registered chimney sweep
  • Keep flue shafts clear
  • Ensure your burner is safe, compliant and fully functioning
  • Always use a fire guard to protect against flying sparks from hot embers
  • Make sure embers are properly put out before you go to bed or leaving the house
  • When burning wood, use dry, seasoned woods only
  • Do not overload the grate 
  • Have a carbon monoxide detector fitted as an additional safeguard against the build-up of poisonous fumes
  • Have a working smoke alarm

Give us a call to request free home visit on: now 0300 303 0088 or book online: www.essex-fire.gov.uk/book. For any other fire safety advice, go the Essex County Fire and Rescue Service website www.essex-fire.gov.uk.

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