Chimney Fire Safety Week was introduced in 2009 with the aims of raising awareness of safe chimney use and the importance of ensuring that chimneys are swept regularly, are clean and appropriate quality fuel is used.
Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service (DWFRS) is working in collaboration with HETAS and the National Association of Chimney Engineers (NACE), advising homeowners to take this opportunity to make sure their chimneys are ready for the colder months to come.
“It is not enough to use a vacuum cleaner and you should make sure that your chimney or flue is inspected regularly by a qualified chimney sweep.”Bruce Allen, CEO of HETAS, added: “Sweeping your chimney twice a year and using a quality assured fuel is the key to prevention. Not only does this remove soot and tar deposits, but also gives sweeps the opportunity to check for any problems with the chimney or liner.”
DWFRS is urging homeowners to ensure they have their chimney swept regularly, depending on what fuel they burn, before the colder months set in and they begin to use they fire again. If the worst should happen, working smoke alarms can give you the early warning, and a fire-plan can help you ensure your family’s escape in a fire – make sure you have at least one smoke alarm on every level of your home and test them monthly.
Mark Burnett at Rentosweep Chimney Sweeps Swindon provides chimney sweeping services throughout the Swindon and Wiltshire area. We can check your chimney using CCTV and carry out a full safety check we also issue a certificate once the check has been carried out ensuring piece of mind for our clients. We do not make a mess and we are fully insured!