Chimney Safety Group Formed
Organisations responsible for the safety and maintenance of chimneys and flues have come together to form a Chimney Safety Group to promote and offer solutions to chimney related problems in the UK.
HETAS (Heating Equipment Testing & Approvals Scheme) is joining forces with APICS (Association of Professional and Independent Chimney Sweeps), The National Association of Chimney Sweeps (NACS) and The Guild of Master Chimney Sweeps to influence legislation, organisations, government departments and standards committees.
The group will draw on the strengths of the independent organisations and will meet to deal with common safety concerns and support awareness initiatives, such as Chimney Safety Week. The unique access of chimney sweeps will be used to influence consumer safety and awareness.
The partnership of equals creates a stronger voice for educating the UK public on chimney and flue issues, with the core aim of reducing air pollution and chimney-related accidents.
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.
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.
Chimney 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 email@example.com if you can help out and support Chimney Fire Safety Week.
Chimney Sweeps Directory
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Click here to search for HETAS Approved Chimney Sweeps on the HETAS website.