With winter now on the way Essex Fire and Rescue Service is urging people to get their chimneys swept.
Figures show blazes involving chimneys in England accounted for over 4 thousand incidents between April 2016 and March 2017.
The county’s brigade says they should be regularly cleaned and checked to ensure they’re free from debris and in full working order, because the consequences could be devastating to homes as well as life threatening.
Fire safety tips:
Have your chimney swept by a registered chimney sweep
Keep flue shafts clear
Ensure your burner is safe, compliant and fully functioning
Always use a fire guard to protect against flying sparks from hot embers
Make sure embers are properly put out before you go to bed or leaving the house
When burning wood, use dry, seasoned woods only
Do not overload the grate
Have a carbon monoxide detector fitted as an additional safeguard against the build-up of poisonous fumes
Have a working smoke alarm
Give the Fire Service a call to request free home visit on: now 0300 303 0088 or book online: www.essex-fire.gov.uk/book. For any other fire safety advice, go the Essex County Fire and Rescue Service website www.essex-fire.gov.uk.