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Get your chimneys and flues cleaned!

Date05 September 2017

As autumn approaches so does Chimney Fire Safety Week.

Now is an ideal time to have your chimney or flue swept, just before the start of the heating season and after what may have been a prolonged period of shut-down. 
• Fires and stoves that burn smokeless coals need to be cleaned at least once a year
• Wood burners will need to be swept up to four times a year
• Oil burning stoves and fires need servicing once a year
• Gas fires and stoves will need to be serviced once a year as well

Other obstructions can occur during the year and anything from bird nests to snow can congest your chimney – especially after long periods of not using it.

The Fire and Rescue Service strongly recommends finding your local HETAS approved chimney sweep to carry out the cleaning as they can provide you with a certificate of sweeping, which complies with the requirements for most home insurance companies.

Check your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors

Testing these on a regular basis is a good habit to get into and weekly testing is recommended to make sure your house is kept safe. 
#TestItTuesday - check your carbon monoxide detectors and smoke alarms. If the light or sound doesn’t come on, it's a sign the batteries need changing or the alarm needs replacing.

There is more information on chimney safety at http://www.chimneyfiresafetyweek.co.uk/