Don’t forget to sweep your chimney this autumn

THIS week is Chimney Fire Safety Week and with summer drawing to a close, this provides a timely reminder to make sure that your chimney is ready for the winter months ahead.

Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue the National Association of Chimney Sweeps and HETAS have joined forces to urge householders to ensure their chimney is safe and to have it swept by a registered chimney sweep.

Open fires and wood burners not only warm up a home but also create a unique relaxing ambience.

With the number of people using open fires and wood burners growing, Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue have provided some top tips for safer chimneys

They recommend that you always use a fire guard to protect against flying sparks from hot embers, ensure are properly put out before you go to bed and keep chimneys and flues clean and well maintained.

Debbie Robinson deputy community fire safety manager said: “With the colder, winter months looming, people will begin to start using open fires and their wood burners again.

“In order to keep you and your family safe from fire, you need to take necessary steps such as ensuring your chimney is swept regularly, depending upon what fuel you burn, and I would urge all householders to have a working smoke alarm in their home.”

Smokeless coal fires must be swept at least once a year and wood fires up to four times a year, while bituminous coal fires must be swept twice a year and oil and gas both once a year.

For more information, or a free home fire safety check, contact Community Fire Safety on Lincoln 01522 582222.