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:
- Have your chimney swept at least once a year, or more frequently if you burn wood;
- Do not stack fires too high and remember to let them burn down well before you go to bed;
- Use a fire or spark guard;
- Do not place objects on or over the mantle-piece which may cause you to stand too close to the fire to reach or use them;
- Inspect your chimney regularly - particularly in the roof space - to ensure that it is sound and that sparks or fumes cannot escape through cracks or broken bricks;
- Avoid burning resinous woods as soot builds up quickly. Suitable seasoned timber must be used in all solid fuel stoves;
- Buy only suitable fuels. Using the wrong type of fuel on a liner will reduce the life of the liner considerably due to increased corrosion.
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