Fire and Rescue Services are concerned about the rise in the number of chimney fires, which is in keeping with what we would expect when there is a spike of colder weather. However they are advising residents to “keep warm and well this winter”, but want to ensure “they are able to do so safely.”
Statistics show that there are approximately 7,000 chimney fires a year in England – most of which are considered preventable. Blocked chimney can also lead to the other danger of carbon monoxide poisonings.
The popularity of wood burning stoves have added to the number of such fires and the fire service is advising those people burning wood should get their chimney swept up to four times a year, and at least once a year for those burning smokeless coal, oil or gas, and twice a year for bituminous coal fires.