How clean is your chimney?
1:30pm Monday 9th September 2013 in News
A NATIONAL campaign to remind residents to make sure their chimneys are safe begins today.
Chimney Fire Safety Week will run until next Monday.
As part of the campaign Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service is urging residents to make sure their chimney is swept by a registered chimney sweep before lighting the first fire of the winter.
Open fires are a warm, welcoming addition to the home but they do carry risks.
If you have an open fire, you should: l Always use a fire guard to protect against flying sparks from hot embers; l Make sure that embers are properly put out before you leave the property or go to bed; l Keep chimneys and flues clean and well maintained.
Watch Manager Neil Chamberlain, from the community safety department, said: “With the colder winter months looming, people will begin to light fires and use their chimneys again.
“Most chimney fires can be prevented by ensuring that the chimney or flue is clear of debris.”
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