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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Staffordshire backs national safety campaign

11/09/2013

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service is urging people to follow some top tips as part of a national safety campaign.

"By following some simple steps people can protect themselves and their homes from becoming victims of a chimney fire. Sweep the chimney regularly, clean the flue and always make sure that the embers are completely out before leaving the house. This general maintenance could end up saving your life."

Head of Risk Reduction Glynn Luznyj

Chimney Fire Safety Week, which started on Monday, aims to highlight the possible consequences of not maintaining the flue.

The Service is encouraging people to ensure that chimneys are swept regularly and kept clean.

It is also important to use a fire guard to protect against flying sparks from hot embers and to make sure that the fire is completely extinguished before going to bed or leaving the house. It is also essential to use good quality fuel.

People using smokeless fuel should sweep their chimney at least once a year and those using bituminous coal should sweep it twice a year.

If using wood the chimney should be swept every three months and once a year for oil and gas.

Head of Risk Reduction Glynn Luznyj said: “It is vitally important that people maintain their chimneys and ensure they are safe as the colder weather takes hold as the consequences can be devastating if they don’t. In 2011-2012 there were 105 chimney fires in Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent. While this is a decrease when compared to 170 in 2010-2011 we are determined to continue to reduce that figure.

“By following some simple steps people can protect themselves and their homes from becoming victims of a chimney fire. Sweep the chimney regularly, clean the flue and always make sure that the embers are completely out before leaving the house. This general maintenance could end up saving your life.”

For more information on chimney safety visit: http://www.staffordshirefire.gov.uk/2333.asp