Friday, 30 January 2015

Firefighters attend chimney fire in Flimwell

East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service were called to a chimney fire in Flimwell last night (29th January).

Firefighters used one hose reel jet, along with a 12-metre ladder and chimney kit, to tackle the fire at a property in Hawkhurst Road, at 9.47pm.

Following the incident a Home Safety Visit was carried out.

Follow these chimney fire prevention tips to keep safe:
  • Ensure your chimney is swept regularly
  • Chimneys should be swept according to the type of fuel used:
    • Smokeless fuels - at least once a year
    • Bitumous coal - at least twice a year
    • Wood - quarterly when in use
    • Oil once a year
    • Gas - once a year (Any work on gas appliances requires a Gas Safe registered installer/engineer)
  • Keep chimneys and flues clean and well maintained
  • Be careful when using open fires to keep warm. Make sure you always use a fire guard to protect against flying sparks from hot embers
  • Ensure the fire is extinguished before going to bed or leaving the house
  • Ensure good quality fuel is used
  • Never interrupt the air supply by blocking air vents or air bricks

For further information please visit our community safety pages.

In the event of a fire get out, stay out and call the fire service out.

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