When should I get my chimney swept?

When should I get my chimney swept?

When should I get my chimney swept?Once again this year, HETAS was proud to support Chimney Fire Safety week which took place from 4th-10th September.

Whilst there was a reduction in nationwide chimney fires, there were still over 5,000 avoidable chimney fires in England and Wales – April 2016 to March 2017.

Our team is often asked “When should I get my chimney swept?”

HETAS encourage having your chimney swept at least twice a year when burning wood or bituminous housed coal and at least once a year when burning smokeless fuels.

The best times to have your chimney swept are just before the start of the heating season and after your stove has not been used over a prolonged period.  If sweeping twice a year, the second time should be after the peak of the main heating season.

Use a Professional

HETAS recommends that chimney sweeping is best carried out by a HETAS Approved Chimney Sweep.  In order to maintain high standards of sweeping, HETAS is associated with these professional bodies: The Association of Professional Independent Chimney Sweeps (APICS), The Guild of Master Chimney Sweeps (GoMCS) and The National Association of Chimney Sweeps (NACS).

Brought to you by Fire Kills, HETAS and the three chimney sweep associations, the below website will provide you with tips and guidance to avoid having a chimney fire.

http://www.chimneyfiresafetyweek.co.uk/

Click here to find your local HETAS Approved Chimney Sweep.

All HETAS Approved Chimney Sweeps will be able to provide an identity card.  Always ask to see identification before a sweep carries out any work.

Further Guidance and Advice

To download a free HETAS Advice Leaflet on Operating and Maintaining your stove – click here!

The HETAS team is available to call on 01684 278170 or email click here to visit our Contact Page.

HETAS Committee & Standards Work

HETAS Committee & Standards WorkHETAS Committee & Standards Work

In an ever-changing industry of legislation and regulatory requirements, HETAS remains at the forefront of solid fuel appliance and related technology standards development, to effectively promote and ensure continued improvement of the safe and efficient installation of solid fuel appliances, ancillary equipment and their maintenance.

Achieving Objectives

HETAS achieves these objectives through the leading, supporting and attendance at a wide range of industry technical and regulatory committees. Through these meetings industry shares information and drives discussions and actions in key areas of safety and technology. Current subjects include fuel quality, appliance test methodology, air quality and installation best practices, to name a few.

Most of our industry organisations work in close partnership and key players put a lot of time and effort in to working together e.g. for chimney safety HETAS would work with organisations like the BFCMA, Chimney Sweeps’ Associations (APICS, Guild of Master Chimney Sweeps and National Association of Chimney Sweeps), Stove Industry Alliance, Woodsure; and seeking technical back-up from the UK Test Labs like Kiwa, BSRIA and BBA. The committee structure includes work on dry and wet appliances, biomass boilers and heating systems so we also work with key industry organisations like HHIC, the Hot Water Association as well as manufacturer associations.

A particular area of importance where these technical activities are addressed further is through HETAS’s involvement within the BSI committee standards arena, whose responsibility it is to relay the UK’s agreed response to issues raised and actions required, and input these into CEN, and the relevant technical committee making decisions at a European level.

Committee Work

HETAS currently hold the Chairmanship of the national UK mirror committee for solid fuel RHE/28, which encompasses members from all areas of the industry, from manufacturers and installers to test laboratories and government representatives, who work through the development of appliance, installation and relevant code of practice requirements for the UK solid fuel industry. RHE/28 works closely with CEN TC295: the European committee looking after appliance standards to ensure future requirements meet the European legislation and future EU commission requirements.

Work items through these committees are an important step in ensuring future appliance manufacture and installation standards are robust, whilst at the same time promoting a safe and efficient environment for installers, retailers and most importantly the consumer. HETAS works hard to make these standards manageable and relevant to registered businesses.

Technical Committee

In support of this, HETAS also operates the HETAS Technical Committee, a forum to promote the safe design, installation and use of solid fuel and biomass appliances by way of;

  • Providing technical expertise to Government consultations
  • Ensuring the revision and creation of British and European Standards are made in a safe and usable manner
  • Work to reduce or remove future threats to the industry from unworkable regulations
  • Actively fight to stop the sale of illegal products
  • Work to ensure European Directives can be implemented without damaging UK industry
  • Provide HETAS with knowledge of industry issues, to allow HETAS to best target its resources when influencing government.

Matters of action within the HTC include research projects and some testing work which explore and provide evidence to back-up any suggested amendments or improvements on safety within national legislation and the Building Regulations, as well as development of alternative installation practice approaches in the absence of any such requirements for new and innovative products not yet covered by statutory guidelines.

More information on HETAS and its related activities can be found on the HETAS website at www.hetas.co.uk

New HETAS Service and Maintenance Course for 2017

New HETAS Service and Maintenance Course for 2017

Solid fuel appliances are well known for their high quality, robust construction and durability. However, like any product in continuous use they do require attention by the user and routine servicing by an engineer. HETAS recommends that appliances are serviced at least once a year or according to the manufacturer’s instructions.

HETAS Service and Maintenance Course

In support of the requirements, HETAS has launched a Service & Maintenance course designed to ensure engineers are equipped with the knowledge and practical skills to undertake such work. The two-day practical course is ideal for businesses that don’t wish to undertake installation work such as professional chimney sweeps, maintenance operatives and local authorities with housing stock using solid fuel as a primary heat source.

Collaboration

This new course has been developed in collaboration with the three HETAS Approved Chimney Sweep associations, APICS, GOMCS and NACS. The course is now available at HETAS Approved Training Centres nationwide. Click here to find your local training centre.

Click here to find out more about this new HETAS training course which is being delivered by our network of HETAS Approved Training Centres.HETAS Service and Maintenance Course

HETAS Approved Chimney Sweeps Directory

Chimney Sweeps DirectoryHETAS Listed Chimney Product logo

At the end of October HETAS launched its new HETAS Approved Chimney Sweeps Directory and we have sent copies to our approved Sweeps and Retailers as well as Local Authorities, Fire & Rescue Services, Housing Associations and homeowners.

Working with our three recognised chimney sweeping associations, The Association of Professional Independent Chimney Sweeps, The Guild of Master Chimney Sweeps and The National Association of Chimney Sweeps, HETAS is pleased to have launched the first HETAS Approved Chimney Sweeps Directory to further promote to consumers the importance of using a trained and registered chimney sweep.

The Directory also includes some top tips for consumers to make the most of their heating system, from choosing the right fuel through to what to expect on the day a sweep visits their home.

The Directory will be updated regularly as new sweeps sign up and contact details change for existing sweeps. Copies of the HETAS Approved Chimney Sweep Directory are available via the HETAS Shop or by contacting the team on 01684 278170.

HETAS Approved Chimney Sweeps Directory

To be listed in the Directory chimney sweeps are required to be a member of one of HETAS’ nominated chimney sweeping associations, APICS, Guild or the NACS. The induction, training and assessment procedures of the trade associations represent to HETAS that you are a competent practical sweep with the appropriate equipment and insurance.

Visit www.hetas.co.uk/professionals/chimneysweeps/join-now to find out more and to download your application pack to become a HETAS Approved Chimney Sweep, contact the Registration team on 01684 278170 or email info@hetas.co.uk.

Click here to search for HETAS Approved Chimney Sweeps on the HETAS website.

New look for APICS | Association of Professional Independent Chimney Sweeps

New Look for APICS

APICS LogoAPICS is pleased to announce the upgrading of their web site undertaken by Elliot Forte of Business Think.

Formed in April 2002, APICS is a friendly organisation, recognising that chimney sweeps are independent and should be allowed to get on with their daily work without interference.
Elliot has done a great job updating the website and members are delighted with the results. Each member has their own profile page on the site and is now able to upload photos and documents more easily.

The ‘find a sweep’ function works very well and should help the public to locate their nearest sweep quickly. Take a look at the new website at apics.org.uk or contact admin@apics.org.uk to find out more about membership.