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Chimney fire warning following spate of incidents

The fire Service are warning people of the dangers of chimney fires and the importance of keeping them properly maintained following a spate of incidents.

Following a number of chimney fires including three in one day, East Sussex Fire & Photo of roofs and chimneysRescue Service would like to remind residents who enjoy an open fire in the chilly weather to take steps to keep themselves and their family safe.

It is important to:

  • Ensure that your chimney is swept regularly.
  • Remember that chimneys should be swept according to the type of fuel used:
    • Smokeless fuels – at least once a year.
    • Bitumous coal – at least twice a year.
    • Wood – quarterly when in use.
    • Oil – once a year.
    • Gas – once a year (any work on gas appliances requires a Gas Safe registered installer/engineer).
  • Keep chimneys and flues clean and well maintained
  • Be careful when using open fires to keep warm.  Make sure you always use a fire guard to protect against flying sparks from hot embers
  • Ensure the fire is extinguished before going to bed or leaving the house
  • Ensure good quality fuel is used
  • Never interrupt the air supply by blocking air vents or air bricks

For full information on how to keep safe when using an open fire please check-out the community safety pages on the ESFRS’s website.  Clink on the following link for contact information for local sweeps who are members of The National Association of Chimney Sweeps.

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