Safety plea after chimney fires

Published on: 07 Feb 2013

Safety plea after chimney fires

A series of chimney fires has sparked a warning to homeowners to make sure their chimneys are swept regularly.

Between January 18 and 28, crews from Avon Fire and Rescue Service were called out to 15 incidents, including one in Keynsham and one in Saltford.

A spokesman for the fire service said: “One of the main reasons a chimney catches fire is because of a build-up of debris inside.

“Chimneys where fires are burning smokeless fuels, bituminous coal, oil or gas should be swept at least once a year.

“Those burning wood need to be swept every three months when in use.”

No one was injured as a result of any of the incidents. Tips for preventing a chimney fire include:

  • Don’t use flammable liquids like petrol or paraffin to light your fire.
  • Don’t burn paper or rubbish.
  • Don’t overload with fuel.
  • Occasionally go into the loft when the fire is lit and check for smoke coming out of cracks, defective brickwork or mortar joints.


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