Warwickshire fighters chimney warning as the cold season approaches
The FIRE FIGHTERS urge residents of Warwickshire to take care of their fireplaces as the cold season approaches.
The Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service is calling on homeowners to act responsibly and have their chimneys swept by a licensed chimney sweep.
This prevents damage and, in the worst case, home fires.
The fire and rescue services in England have witnessed 3,105 chimney fires in the last recorded year, with the majority occurring in the autumn and winter months between October 2020 and March 2021.
Heating Equipment Testing and Approvals Scheme CEO Bruce Allen said, “Sweeping your chimney twice a year and using quality-assured fuel is the key to prevention. Not only does this remove soot and tar deposits, but it also gives chimney sweeps the ability to check for any issues with the chimney or siding.
Warwickshire County Council Fire Safety spokesperson Andy Crump added: ‘I encourage homeowners to have their chimneys swept regularly before the colder months set in and they start again. use their fire. The time to act is now as we experience the last remnants of summer’s hotter weather. If a fire breaks out unexpectedly, a working smoke detector can warn you quickly of the danger, and a fire plan can also ensure that people inside the affected building can escape the fire.
Residents are advised to have at least one smoke detector on each floor of their home and one carbon monoxide detector in each room with a gas or fuel appliance such as a gas furnace or fireplace. Carbon monoxide detectors can reveal fatal build-ups of gas from heating and cooking appliances powered by coal, wood, oil or gas if they are faulty, have been improperly installed, or have fallen into disuse.
Visit www.warwickshire.gov.uk/fire-safety/chimney-fire-safety-advice for more tips.