Monday, 4 February 2013

Chimney fires spark safety warning



Homeowners are being reminded to regularly sweep their chimney following a number of chimney fires across East Sussex over the weekend.

On 3rdFebruary, East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service attended three separate incidents. The first broke out at a property in Westdown Road, Seaford, at 11.44am.

This was then followed by another chimney fire in Croxden Way, Willingdon Trees, Eastbourne, at 1.24pm, which was out on arrival.

Meanwhile, crews from Lewes and the Aerial Ladder Platform from Brighton attended a chimney fire in Valley Road, Lewes, yesterday afternoon (3rd February) at 4.24pm and remained at the scene until 6.18pm.

East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service wishes to remind householders of the importance of ensuring that chimneys are swept regularly and are clean and safe for use. 

Steve Wright, Community Safety Manager, said: "Chimney fires are a common cause of fire in dwellings and can cause widespread damage.

An open fire is an ideal way to keep warm this winter but without proper maintenance a chimney can become dangerous. In the last two years alone we have attended more than 420 incidents involving chimney fires.”

"To keep yourself and your family safe from fire you should 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."

Please follow these safety tips:
  • Ensure your chimney is swept regularly
  • Keep chimneys and flues clean and well maintained
  • Be careful when using open fires to keep warm. Make sure you always protect against flying sparks from hot embers
  • Ensure the fire is extinguished before going to bed or leaving the house
  • Chimneys should be swept according to the type of fuel used (always consult your NACS chimney sweep for advice).
  • Never interrupt the air supply by blocking air vents or air bricks
To find a certified chimney sweep, or for more information on chimney fire safety, please visit www.nacs.org.uk - External Link or guildofmasterchimneysweeps.co.uk/

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