The temperatures are reaching chilly depths and I’m sure many of you are lighting the fire. There is nothing like a night in beside the cosy glow. However, last year Fire and rescue services across Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire and Cambridgeshire reported dozens of chimney fires. Lighting your fire without having it swept can have serious repercussions through a blocked flue or debris build up inside the chimney itself.
Tips for keeping your chimney/stove fire safe
- Have your chimney swept regularly by a professional Chimney Sweep. Remember even lining doesn’t mean it’s safe to skip a sweep.
- Never store your stove fuel next to the fire. Many people like to put lovely fuel baskets in close proximity but a stray spark could spell disaster.
- Keep air vents clear and do not block air bricks that could affect air supply.
- In-between your chimney sweeps make sure fires, accessories and lower chimney are kept clean.
- Always use a fireguard with an open fire to avoid sparks reaching flammable surfaces.
- Use good quality fuel on your stove
- Avoid slumbering an appliance unless it has been tested safe to do so. This means setting your appliance on low overnight to avoid re-lighting in the morning.