Chimney Fire Safety Week

Chimney Fire Safety Week 2017HETAS Supports Chimney Fire Safety Week 2017

We are now less than a month away from Chimney Fire Safety Week 2017. Once again, HETAS will be supporting the Fire Kills campaign which works with industry and Fire and Rescue Services to promote this positive safety message to consumers. How will you be supporting the campaign?

In 2016 HETAS launched a campaign logo that is available for everyone to use during Chimney Fire Safety Week 2017. The team has developed a campaign pack that can be downloaded via the HETAS Technical Area. We will also be including statistics on chimney fires by county, so you can share chimney fire statistics in your area on your website or through your social media channels. We hope to have the information for April 2016 to March 2017 available from the Home Office before the campaign starts.

Statistics

In England, Wales and Scotland the overall trend since 2012/13 has been positive in recent years, with chimney fires on the decrease. The figures below demonstrate this trend. Figures run from April to March and are yet to be released for 2016/17. HETAS will make these available as soon as they are published by the respective Fire and Rescue Services.

2012/13 2013/14 2014/15 2015/16 2016/17
England 7,251 5,986 5,179 4,193
Wales 771 578 549 432
Scotland 1375 1,093 975 882

Regional statistics can be downloaded in the HETAS Technical Area and will enable you share chimney fire statistics for your area.

Make sure you are following HETAS across our social media channels too!

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Please login to the HETAS Technical Area in advance of the campaign which starts on the 4th September and do what you can to promote Chimney Fire Safety Week. Let us know if you are planning an event and share the details with us on hello@hetas.co.uk.

 

Chimney Fire Safety Week 2017

Chimney Fire Safety Week 2017Chimney Fire Safety Week 2017

It has been confirmed that the Fire Kills Chimney Fire Safety Week 2017 will be taking place from the 4th to the 10th September. There are over 5,500 chimney fires in England, Wales and Scotland, HETAS is once again supporting the campaign to raise awareness amongst consumers of the importance of maintaining their solid fuel heating systems, chimneys and flues. HETAS would also like your support with the campaign in 2017.

The campaign is now in its 9th year and awareness has been growing year on year. With support from industry and Fire and Rescue Services the 2017 campaign looks to build on this success.

HETAS launched the Chimney Fire Safety Week website in 2016 and will be updating the website over the coming months ahead of the campaign, which runs just ahead of the heating season.

We are fully aware that promoting responsible use of heating appliances and regular appliance servicing, maintenance and chimney sweeping is something that retailers, installers and sweeps do on a daily basis and appreciate the support of everyone in the industry for this campaign in previous years.

Support Chimney Fire Safety Week in 2017

Again for 2017, we would like your support. Do you know of any homeowners who have experienced a chimney fire as a result of maintenance neglect? Additionally, chimney sweeps and installers with pictures or case studies that can be used during the campaign please get in touch to offer your support. Examples of case studies and images that would help with the campaign include:

  • Unswept chimneys
  • Debris collected from a chimney
  • Logs stacked next to a stove
  • Chimney fires in action
  • Thatch fires
  • Smoke damaged beams

Please get in touch by email to hello@hetas.co.uk if you can help out and support Chimney Fire Safety Week.

Chimney Fires – beyond awareness

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.

CO Awareness Week 2016

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November 21st to 27th is Carbon Monoxide Awareness Week. Join people, organisations and businesses of all sizes to help raise awareness of the danger of carbon monoxide.

Organised by Lynn Griffiths and her charity, Carbon Monoxide Awareness, the campaign is now in its eleventh year. Lynn suggests there are a number of ways you can get involved to support the charity and the campaign this year:

  1. Update your carbon monoxide materials with the charity’s logo and messages. This could be via your website, blogs, leaflets, posters, magazines, eNewsletters or advertising.
  2. Use your social media channels such as Twitter, Facebook or Linkedin to warn about the dangers of carbon monoxide.
  3. Hold an event to engage your local community and make everyone aware of the importance of being carbon monoxide aware.
  4. Talk to school children, scouts, cubs, brownies, girl guides, lunch clubs etc about the dangers of carbon monoxide in the home, while camping or on boats.
  5. Promote the charity Carbon Monoxide Awareness and Carbon Monoxide Awareness Week to the public by engaging local and national media.
  6. Promote carbon monoxide to your staff on your intranet, email signatures, screensavers, staff noticeboards and staff training.
  7. Do you have a store or business? Why not add information about the dangers of carbon monoxide to your notice boards, websites or plan tannoy announcements throughout National Carbon Monoxide Awareness Week?
  8. Help raise much needed funds for the charity by holding charity ‘wear your own clothes to work/school days’, car washes, sell cakes, raffles, bingo etc.
  9. If you or your family has been effected by carbon monoxide please talk to your local press and/or TV about what happened to you/your family. Let them know you are doing this to show your support to the charity “Carbon Monoxide Awareness’ and the charity’s 8th National Carbon Monoxide Awareness Week.
  10. Just click and show your support: http://www.everyclick.com/carbon-monoxideawareness-limited/1125755/0/info

Carbon Monoxide Awareness Charity is an independent registered charity run entirely by unpaid volunteers. If you are planning something during CO Awareness Week, get in touch with Lynn and let her know.

HETAS also has a range of consumer advice leaflets available to our registrants via the HETAS Shop, including a FREE carbon monoxide leaflet. Visit shop.hetas.co.uk to order your copies.

Many of you will have also seen recent press coverage surrounding Which? testing of carbon monoxide alarms. Visit the HETAS News Page to find out more information.

Chimney Fire Safety Week is coming….

Chimney Fire Safety Week is coming…

Chimney Fire Safety Week 2016Chimney fires in England accounted for over 5,000 incidents dealt with by fire and rescue services between April 2014 and March 2015 last year. Chimney Fire Safety Week 2016 runs from the 5th September.

Part of the Government’s Fire Kills campaign, Chimney Fire Safety Week 2016 calls for homeowners to clean up their act and get their chimneys swept by a HETAS approved sweep to prevent chimney damage, and, in worse cases, household fires.

Chimney Fire Prevention

There are steps homeowners can take to prevent and protect their property. HETAS, the official body recognised by the government for approving biomass and solid fuel services including chimney sweeps, has a database of chimney sweeps across the UK.

Bruce Allen, CEO of HETAS, comments:

“Sweeping your chimney twice a year and using a quality assured fuel is the key to prevention. Not only does this remove soot and tar deposits, but also gives sweeps the opportunity to check for any problems with the chimney or liner.

“All of HETAS’ approved sweeps are members of one of three chimney sweep trade associations and have attended a HETAS training course.  Homeowners using HETAS approved chimney sweeps can be confident that a sweep has obtained the necessary training to safely sweep their chimney and will be giving their home the very best care and attention.”

Peter Holland, Chief Fire and Rescue Adviser to the Government, says:

“An open fire can be an ideal and pleasant way to keep warm in the winter, but without proper maintenance a chimney can become dangerous.  Latest statistics show that there are over 5,000 chimney fires a year in England, but most of these are preventable.

“To keep you and your family safe from fire you should make sure you have your chimney swept regularly, depending on what fuel you burn, before the colder months set in and you begin to use your fire again.  If the worst should happen, working smoke alarms can give you the early warning, and a fire-plan can help you ensure your family’s escape in a fire – make sure you have at least one smoke alarm on every level of your home and test them monthly.  And don’t keep this advice to yourself – pass it on.  Is there anyone you know who may need your help in organising a sweep or testing their alarms?”

One of HETAS’ Approved Chimney Sweeps, 22 year old Emily Skeet, explains that sweeping is a quick and hassle-free process for homeowners: “There are a number of myths that needs to be dispelled about chimney sweeping. I think the first images to come into people’s minds are of small, soot-covered children, from ‘Mary Poppins’. Today, it’s a very different reality.”

Emily, who set up her own sweeping business, Cinnabar Stoves Chimney Sweeping, three years ago, carrying out up to six sweeps a day. She adds: “A normal sweep will take me about an hour and a half as I like to have a good chat with the client about their appliance. Contrary to what many people may think, I don’t make a mess. I use modern methods and tools such as a power-sweeping, CCTV and vacuums to ensure minimal disturbance for the homeowner. I’ve had a few cases where customers move all of their furniture out of the room, which really isn’t necessary!”

“People wouldn’t think twice about getting their cars MOT’d, but home appliances often get neglected so I keep in regular contact with clients to remind them which they really appreciate. It might not be on the top of everyone’s to-do lists, but you really can’t afford to risk leaving these things unattended.”

A dedicated website for Chimney Fire Safety Week 2016 will launch during August ahead of the campaign.

 

Chimney Fire Safety Week 2016

Chimney Fire Safety Week 2016

Chimney Fire Safety Week 2016 takes place from Monday 5th to Sunday 11th September. Led by the Fire Kills campaign, HETAS will be supporting the campaign and we would like your support too. If you know of any homeowners who have experienced a chimney fire as a result of maintenance neglect, we’d like to hear from you. Please get in touch by email to hello@hetas.co.uk

Fire is a major killer in the UK, causing about 382 deaths each year on average. These figures are on the decline, but the need for further fire safety awareness remains paramount in order to ensure these numbers keep dropping. Here are a number of statistics about fires in the UK and the damage they can have on homes, lives and families. There were 258 fire fatalities in England in 2014-15. This was 16 fewer (six per cent) than in previous year and 30 per cent lower than ten years ago.

Chimney Fires

The Office of National Statistics refers to a chimney fire as any fire in an occupied building where the fire was confined within the chimney structure. In the year 2013-2014 there were just 7,700, a decline of 18% (9,400) from the year previous. This decline is a positive step and proves how increased awareness of the causes of chimney fires can prevent major damage to homes, especially since the sales and installations of stoves and log burners has increased over the last few years. We hope to have up to date statistics  for 2015/2016 shortly.

Chimney fires by country for 2014/2015 were as follows:

  • England – 5,171
  • Scotland – 975
  • Wales – 549

We will be working with Fire Kills to raise awareness over the coming months in the lead up to Chimney Fire Safety Week 2016 and we will keep our registrants informed via our monthly newsletters.

Get in touch on hello@hetas.co.uk if you’d like to offer your support to the campaign or visit the official website to find out more: chimneyfiresafetyweek.co.uk.