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Get sweeping for Chimney Fire Safety Week

Chimney fires in England accounted for over 4,200 incidents dealt with by fire and rescue services between April 2016 and March 2017.

This year’s Chimney Fire Safety Week (2 – 9 September), part of the national fire safety campaign, Essex County Fire and Rescue Service is calling for homeowners to clean up their act and get their chimneys swept by an approved sweep to prevent chimney damage, and, in worse cases, household fires.

Chimney Fire Prevention Advice
There are easily steps homeowners can take to prevent and protect their property.

Andrea MacAlister, 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.

"So to keep you and your family safe from fire you should make sure you have your chimney swept regularly, depending on what fuel you burn, before the colder months set in and you begin to use your fire again. To make the most of your wood burning stove, ensure you are using quality woodfuel, maintain your appliance and chimney regularly and check you are using your appliance in accordance with the manufacturers’ instructions.

"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 chimney 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 alarms

Call to book a FREE home visit on: 0300 303 0088 or book online: www.essex-fire.gov.uk/book.

For any other fire safety advice, go to: http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/Home_Fire_Safety/

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