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North Yorkshire Fire Service Issue Chimney Fire Safety Advice

North Yorkshire Fire Service Issue Chimney Fire Safety Advice

Published by Karen Liu at 10:11am 2nd October 2019.

North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service has issued advice on how to keep a chimney safe in residential and commercial properties.

A spokesperson said:

"With cold weather approaching North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service would like to highlight the importance of chimney fire safety.

Every year there are over 4000 chimney fires across England, most of which are preventable.

The most common causes of chimney fires are incorrect appliance sizing, burning improper fuels including unseasoned wood, infrequent cleaning or sweeping, and overnight or prolonged smouldering of wood.

All of these things cause the build of soot and creosote within the flue which if not cleared out can catch fire.

The tell-tale signs of a chimney fire can include a load roaring noise, sparks or flames coming out of the top of the chimney, the smell of smoke in other rooms or roof space and chimney breasts feeling hotter than normal.

If you notice any of these signs dial 999 immediately and do not attempt to tackle the fire yourself.

To protect yourself and your family from fire take care to have your chimney swept regularly and before you begin to use it for the winter months.

For further advice on chimney fire safety and what to do if your chimney catches fire visit northyorksfire.gov.uk and check out our community safety advice section.

Remember if you suspect a fire get out, stay out and dial 999."


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