Wiltshire Fire & Rescue Service is reminding local householders to make sure that their chimneys are fire-safe.
Winter is now upon us so to keep yourself and your family safe from fire, you should take care to have your chimney swept regularly depending on what fuel you burn. If the worst should happen, a smoke alarm can give you the extra time you need to escape in a house fire – make sure you test yours regularly.
Regular maintenance of your chimney will depend on the fuel you burn:
Smokeless coals At least once a year
Wood Up to four times a year
Bituminous coal Twice a year
Oil Once a year
Gas Once a year
If you have a real fire, you should always:
• Use a fire guard to protect against flying sparks from hot embers;
• Make sure embers are properly put out before you go to bed; and
• Keep chimneys and flues clean and well maintained.
Properties with thatched roofs are particularly vulnerable in the event of a chimney fire. Wiltshire Fire & Rescue Service has developed a thatch information pack for householders, which includes a range of advice on making chimneys as safe as possible. Call 0800 389 7849 or visit www.wiltsfire.gov.uk for more details.
To find a certified Chimney Sweep, or for more information on chimney fire safety, please visit www.nacs.org.uk or www.guild-of-master-sweeps.co.uk