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Chimney Safety

Chimney fires have been increasing in recent years with the resurgence in popularity of multi-fuel and solid fuel fires.

Whether you’ve had an open fire for years or are relatively new to it all, here’s some handy tips on how to use them safely and avoid having a chimney fire.


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


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.


Clean your chimney regularly. We would advise using a certified sweep. You can get more details on this from: http://becomeachimneysweep.co.uk/chimney-sweeping-associations/


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


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


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


Do not pile logs too close too wood burning stoves or open fires as the radiated heat could cause them to combust.

If you would like further information on chimney safety you can download our chimney safety advice here (leaflet).