Message from Cumbria Fire & Rescue Service
Get Sweeping for Chimney Fire Safety Week
Chimney fires in England accounted for over 4,200 incidents dealt with by fire and rescue services between April 2016 and March 2017. This year’s Chimney Fire Safety Week (3 – 9 September), part of the national fire safety campaign, calls for homeowners to clean up their act and get their chimneys swept by an approved sweep to prevent chimney damage, and, in worse cases, household fires.
Chimney Fire Prevention
Mark Ducie, Station Manager of Prevention from Cumbria Fire & Rescue Service, says there are steps homeowners can take to prevent and protect their property.
He continues, "to keep you and your family safe from fire you should make sure you have your chimney swept regularly, depending on what fuel you burn, before the colder months set in and you begin to use your fire again. To make the most of your wood burning stove, ensure you are using quality wood fuel, maintain your appliance and chimney regularly and check you are using your appliance in accordance with the manufacturers’ instructions. The HETAS website has a range of useful tips to help you get the best performance from your stove".
“People wouldn’t think twice about getting their cars MOT’d, but home appliances often get neglected. It might not be on the top of everyone’s to-do lists, but you really can’t afford to risk leaving these things unattended.”
Mark also enforces the need for homes to have carbon monoxide detectors for those that have open fires, wood burning stoves and gas appliances. He continues, “carbon monoxide is known as the silent killer, you can’t see it, you can’t smell it and you can’t taste it, however it is a killer if left undetected. So please do purchase a CO alarm to keep your loved ones safe. Some detectors are now less than £10 pounds”.
For more information on maintaining your chimney and how can help with fire prevention, please visit: www.chimneyfiresafetyweek.co.uk.