Chimney Fire Safety Week to remind local householders regarding fire safety
The inviting warmth of an open fire is the last thing on most people minds in the summer, but it’s best to check that your chimney is in the best of health before you start to use it.
North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service (NYFRS) is reminding local householders to ensure their chimney is fire-safe while the weather is fine by booking a registered chimney sweep this Chimney Fire Safety Week (26th Sept-2nd Oct). The inviting warmth of an open fire is the last thing on most people minds in the summer, but it’s best to check that your chimney is in the best of health before you start to use it. Surprisingly the peak season for the country’s professional chimney sweeps is in fact drawing very near, and with registered sweeps diaries filling up fast, householders should consider having their chimneys swept soon.
NYFRS Group Manager Trevor Lund explains: “An open fire is a great way to keep warm in the winter, but without proper maintenance a chimney can become dangerous. The latest statistics show that there are approximately 8,000 chimney fires a year in England and 320 in York and North Yorkshire, but most of these are preventable.”
“To keep yourself and your family safe from fire you should take care to have your chimney swept regularly. 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. It is also a good idea to have a carbon monoxide alarm fitted”
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