Chimney Fire Safety Week was introduced in 2009 and aims to raise the awareness of safe chimney use, including the importance of ensuring that chimneys are swept regularly, are clean and appropriate quality fuel is used.
Whilst there was a reduction in nationwide chimney fires during the year April 2014-March 2015, there were still over 5,500 avoidable incidents.
Did you know that 82% of chimney fires are caused by blocked chimneys?
Here at Limegreen we want to make sure that you are safe in your homes, so we have compiled this guide of tips to avoid having a chimney fire.
Chimney safety check list
- Get your chimney cleaned by a reputable chimney sweep. Creosote builds up in chimneys over time and also birds have a tendency to build nests or fall down them.
- Test your smoke and carbon monoxide alarms. It is absolutely imperative that you make sure these work.
- Start to bring in some seasoned wood into your house to keep it dry and ready to go. This will create space in your covered wood pile and allow you to prepare even more wood.
- Use a stove thermometer. Installing a stovepipe thermometer helps you to monitor flue temperatures and adjust burning practices as needed
- Never leave a fire unattended. ALWAYS extinguish before leaving the house or going to bed.
There were 4221 chimney fires in #England (April 2016-March 2017). Don’t become a chimney fire statistic this winter!
Call Limegreen to get your flue inspected or chimney swept on 029 2066 6622