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Is your chimney clean?

With the colder weather setting in residents are being reminded to be sure their chimneys have been swept clean before lighting their winter fires.

The reminder comes after Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue crews attended a recent spate of  chimney fires. These were caused by soot build up, debris build up and a bird nest.

Shona Wright, community fire safety manager, said: "The three weekend incidents come as a timely reminder for people to maintain their chimneys and open fires.

"Please get your chimney swept to avoid putting your life or those around you in danger."

The service has issued the following chimney fire safety advice:

Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue recommends contacting the National Association of Chimney Sweeps (www.nacs.org.uk) or The Guild of Master Sweeps (www.guild-of-master-sweeps.co.uk) to find a certified chimney sweep.

For further advice on fire safety please visit www.lincolnshire.gov.uk/lfr