CHIMNEY fires are a hazard posing a risk to people and property.
That is why the Guild of Master Chimney Sweeps supports national Chimney Fire Safety Week, 30th Aug to 6th Sept 2021.
Lawson Wight, Guild chairman, said: “A chimney fire can take hold quickly and is a serious risk to people and property. It’s not just the fire, there is a risk from poisonous gasses. If you suspect a chimney fire, all occupants should leave the property immediately and call 999 for help.”
He added: “Every chimney should be inspected and tested after a chimney fire, it is a myth that a fire has ‘cleaned the chimney’. There can be hidden damage and the chimney may be unfit for purpose. If a chimney is damaged and continues to be used, it can leak poisonous carbon monoxide. A damaged chimney may not be able to contain any future fire, so get a proper inspection.”
The campaign seeks to educate consumers about using chimneys safely, regular chimney sweeping and using the right fuels.
The good news is that your local professional sweep is best placed to help. They can:
- Clean the chimney
- Perform a professional inspection (or tell you who can).
- Advise you on correct fuel and burning habits to reduce future risk BurnRight campaign
- Advise on repairs or refer you to a local specialist.
- Provide additional useful safety advice
Most chimney fires can be prevented. Professional sweeps can advise on efficient burning, which will significantly reduce soot and tar deposits in your chimney.
A member of The Guild of Master Chimney Sweeps will be happy to help you with all your chimney and fire needs. Make sure that you have a working carbon monoxide and smoke detector and that they are correctly positioned.
Please follow this link for further advice Useful safety information.
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