Fire service remind residents of importance of sweeping your chimney

Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service are reminding residents about the importance of regularly cleaning your chimney after attending 12 chimney fires since November.

During the colder, winter months, more residents are lighting their fires at home to keep warm and cosy. However, this comes at a risk if you haven’t had your chimney swept and your fire isn’t in good working order.

We strongly recommend that you clean your chimney regularly in line with the below guidelines:

  • Wood – Quarterly when in use
  • Smokeless fuels – at least once a year
  • Bitumous Coal – at least twice a year
  • Oil – at least twice a year
  • Gas – at least twice a year
  • Biomass – at least once a year

Station Commander for Prevention, Keith McDermott said: “A clean and efficient chimney is not only the best way to protect against chimney fires but also prevents inefficient burning of fuels which creates dangerous carbon monoxide. If you haven’t already done so, now is the time to book your chimney sweep, before the cold snap is upon up us. With 12 chimney fires in Warwickshire since November, it is so important that you take steps to prevent and protect your property, as any fire can quickly get out of control.”

Warwickshire County Councillor Portfolio Holder for Community Safety and Fire Andy Crump added: “With the colder, winter months, people will begin to start using open fires and their chimneys 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.

“If you haven’t already done so, I would also urge all householders to ensure that they have a working smoke alarm on each floor of their home.”

For more information on maintaining your chimney please visit: https://www.warwickshire.gov.uk/chimneyfiresafety