Chimney Fires – beyond awareness

Posted on November 30th, 2016 by Alun

Chimney Fire – beyond awarenessChimney Fire Safety Week Logo

In September HETAS offered its support to the Fire Kills Chimney Fire Safety Week campaign, promoting to consumers the importance of chimney maintenance. With around 50% of chimney fires take place in England between the months of January, February and March, HETAS will continue to promote this safety message into 2017. How can you help?

Chimney fires can be a very costly incident for homeowners and with over 4,000 incidents across the UK HETAS is keen to continue promoting this important safety message. Fire and Rescue Services reported the following incidents of chimney fires between April 2015 and March 2016.

Chimney Fires: Statistics

  • England: 4,193 – a 19% reduction on the previous year
  • Wales: 432 – a 21% reduction
  • Scotland: 882 – a 9.5% reduction
  • Northern Ireland: 1,225 – a 19% reduction (2014/15 figures)

Whilst the figures appear promising, it is clear that there is work to be done in encouraging homeowners to take action to prevent chimney fires. Some of the key message you can communicate to homeowners are probably incidents you encounter on a daily basis:

  • When and how often should a chimney be swept
  • What fuel to use on their appliance
  • Distance to combustibles – including stacking logs next to an appliance!
  • Do they have a smoke detector and carbon monoxide alarm fitted?

Did you know that last year over 200 people died in fires in the home? You’re at least 4 times more likely to die in a fire in the home if there’s no working smoke alarm.

HETAS has a range of consumer advice leaflets available on the website promoting a range of safety messages and we encourage you to use these. Printed copies are available to purchase through the HETAS Shop, with a number of the flyers available free of charge (postage charges apply).

Incidents relating to thatch fires have also increased in 2016 (in comparison to 2015), as reported by The National Society of Master Thatchers (NSMT). Advice on fire prevention relating to thatch properties can be found at www.nsmtltd.co.uk/fire-prevention-advice.

With nearly 400,000 visits to the HETAS website so far this year, the chimney sweep search is now the third ranking page on the site, with homeowners searching for local HETAS Approved Chimney Sweeps. Click here to find out more about becoming a HETAS Approved Chimney Sweep.

Get in touch with the HETAS team to find out more om 01684 278170 or email info@hetas.co.uk.

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