Chimney Fire Safety Week 2018

Chimney Fire Safety Week 2018

Chimney Fire Safety WeekChimney Fire Safety Week is back for 2018! The annual event takes place in September. What will you be doing to support the campaign this year with theClean Air Strategy putting extra spotlight on our industry.

HETAS met with the team from Fire Kills back in July and once again we are pleased to be supporting the campaign which works with industry and Fire and Rescue Services to promote this positive safety message to consumers. We really want to know how you be supporting the campaign this year. Chimney fires represent less than 3% of total fires, however such fires are totally avoidable provided consumers take the appropriate action.

Awareness and Action

Ultimately the campaign strives to raise awareness of chimney fires and encourage consumers to take action. The campaign focuses on the importance of chimney sweeping and appliance maintenance, the use of quality fuels and tips to get the most efficiency from a stove.

Chimney fires have been steadily decreasing in most regions over the years, with the period from January to March usually the peak season for chimney fires, with figures identifying over 40% of chimney fires in England taking place over those three months.

Once again, we have provided a number of graphics that you can use on your website and social media channels to show your support. As soon as we have the official figures on chimney fires for 2017/18 from the Home Office we will make them available for you in the HETAS Technical Area. You will be able to see how your region is performing. Check in to the HETAS Technical Area ahead of the campaign to view the support images available and share the videos and images we will be sharing across the HETAS and Woodsure social media channels.

A campaign briefing pack will be sent to Fire and Rescue Services by the Fire Kills team in August, so make sure you engage with your local service on social media channels.

Get in touch and let us know how you’ll be supporting the campaign this year.

Show Your Support

Show your support!

Show your support for Chimney Fire Safety WeekChimney Fire Safety Week

Show your support this Chimney Fire Safety Week. It is our industry’s opportunity to promote a strong safety message to consumers. Make sure you make use of the statistics and support material in the HETAS Technical Area.

Chimney Fire Safety Week takes place from the 4th to the 11th September 2017 and HETAS is pleased to working in partnership with the Home Office Fire Kills department on the campaign. Other industry bodies including WoodsureAPICS, The Guild of Master Chimney Sweeps, The National Association of Chimney Sweeps, the Stove Industry Alliance, the BFCMA and The National Landlord Association have offered to show their support.

The HETAS Technical Area has a range of statistics and information about chimney fires, including regional fire counts for England. There was a small rise in chimney fires in England in the period April 2016 to March 2017 of 19. A total of 4,221 chimney fire were recorded by the 45 Fire and Rescue Services.  Here are some other statistics that you might find of interest and worth sharing during the campaign:

Statistics

  • 41% of chimney fires from April 2016 to March 2017 took place between January and March
  • April 2010 to March 2011 saw over 7,600 chimney fires in England
  • Chimney fires in 2016/17 represented just 2.6% of total fires in England

Further statistics relevant to chimney fires and the campaign logo can be accesses via the HETAS Technical Area.

Please offer your support to the campaign and help promote the safe and effective use of appliances and chimneys. The campaign is called Chimney Fire Safety Week, but HETAS is keen to promote further messages: appliance servicing, the correct use of appliances, using the most effective fuel for the appliance and storage of fuel.

Show you support this Chimney Fire Safety Week and get social using the hashtags #CFSW17 #ChimneyFireSafetyWeek #ChimneyFire

 

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!

Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | LinkedIn

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.

 

Read all about it! HETAS and Golley Slater News Update

Read all about it!Read all about it!

2016 was our first full year using Golley Slater as our chosen PR agency and it’s been a very successful twelve months in raising awareness of HETAS,our registrants and the great products that manufacturers get tested and put in to our Guide. Our team has pulled together some of the headline coverage throughout 2016.

HETAS and Golley Slater continue to work hard to secure press coverage to raise awareness of HETAS and its registrants and 2016 was a very productive year.

Coverage

Through our support of Chimney Fire Safety Week we secured some excellent coverage in print, online, TV and radio, both nationally and at a regional level. Figures identified that the campaign had reached a media audience of 28,775,820 in September. The key messaging during the campaign was to promote the use of HETAS Approved Chimney Sweeps and to use HETAS Registered Installers to achieve a safe and compliant installation.

Many of you will have also seen the repeat of Fake Britain which featured HETAS and can be viewed for a limited time on the BBC website (Episode 8, Series 6).

More recently, HETAS has been supporting Carbon Monoxide Awareness Week and again secured consumer coverage during the week.

Some of the consumer print titles that HETAS featured in during 2016 include: The Times,  This is Money, Daily Star, Daily Mail, I Newspaper, Real Homes, Style at Home, What House, Your Home, Ideal Home, Grand Designs magazine.

Golley Slater recently ran a media meeting day to meet and engage with editors of consumer and lifestyle titles with the aim of promoting HETAS and securing coverage in these titles. Following these meetings, HETAS has secured a number of articles over the coming months.

The team would also like to thank our registrants who have made themselves available to speak to press and feature for HETAS, including Emily Skeet of Cinnabar Sweep, Katie Wiggins, also known as Katie Sweep, Ben Bowers of Ben Bowers Heating Solutions Ltd, Allister Marsh from The Centre for Green Energy Ltd and Ed Wilson from City Sweeps.

Good News

If you have a good news story or have secured some press coverage of your own why not let our team know. Contact us on hello@hetas.co.uk.

 

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.

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.