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Chimney Safety

Chimney fires have been increasing over recent years as has the popularity of the multi fuel fire.

Whether you have had an open fire for years or a new burner, here’s some safety tips to consider.

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Make sure that you have at least one working smoke alarm in your property.

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Avoid burning household rubbish and soft woods as it can cause a build up of resin, tar/soot in the flue linings and start a chimney fire.

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Clean your chimney regularly. Advice on this can be gained from the National Association of Chimney Sweeps (NACS) at www.nacs.org.uk.

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Always use a fire guard. It will prevent embers “jumping” out of the fire and keep pets and young children safe from flames.

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Never dry clothing on a fire guard or on a multi fuel burner. Avoid standing too close to a fire.

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Be aware of the need for adequate ventilation to prevent a build up of poisonous carbon monoxide, fit a carbon monoxide detector.

If you would like further information on chimney safety you can download our chimney safety advice here or alternatively, download the safety leaflet from the National Association of Chimney Sweeps here.