Tuesday, 3 February 2015

Two more chimney fires prompt safety warning

Two incidents yesterday (Monday 2 February) have prompted East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service to remind the public about the importance of safety measures which need to be adopted around the use of fires in the home.

The service attended the following incidents:

  •  Firefighters were sent to a property in Marsden Road, Eastbourne yesterday evening just after 5pm. A chimney kit was used to tackle the fire.

  • Just after 11pm a crew from Uckfield was mobilised to Shortbridge Road in Piltdown where firefighters put out the fire. No one was injured and the property was saved.

Full safety details can be found on our website http://www.esfrs.org/communitySafety/advice/chimney.shtml but it is important to remember the following to ensure your safety:

Chimney Fire Prevention Tips
  • Ensure your chimney is swept regularly
  • Chimneys should be swept according to the type of fuel used:

o    Smokeless fuels - at least once a year

o    Bitumous coal - at least twice a year

o    Wood - quarterly when in use

o    Oil once a year

o    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

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