The importance of chimney sweeping

The importance of chimney sweeping

The Importance of Chimney SweepingIn recent newsletters we discussed Defra’s Clean Air Strategy and what it means for our industry. This month we look at the importance of chimney sweeping and appliance maintenance in the strategy.

The Defra Clean Air Strategy which was launched back in May and runs through until the 14th August. In June and July we covered some key elements of the strategy and what it means for our industry, this included the popular ‘Ban on wood stoves’ article which has been shared widely on social media. Check out the articles in the following links:

Defra’s Clean Air Strategy

Ban on wood stoves | the truth of it all

The Clean Air Strategy

Defra’s Clean Air Strategy summarises actions to reduce emissions from domestic burning, clearly identifying there is no intention to ban wood burning stoves.

  • Legislate to prohibit sale of the most polluting fuels.
  • Ensure that only the cleanest stoves are available for sale by 2022.
  • Give new powers to local authorities to take action in areas of high pollution, bringing legislation into the 21st century with more flexible, proportionate enforcement powers.
  • Work with industry to identify an appropriate test standard for new solid fuels entering the market.
  • Ensure that consumers understand what they can do to reduce their impact from burning.

The Importance of Chimney Sweeping

This month we focus on the importance of chimney sweeping and appliance maintenance within the strategy. HETAS has been liaising with Defra for some time encouraging Defra to engage with the chimney sweeping associations on this important issue.

In the recent ‘Call for Evidence’ it was identified to Defra that “chimney sweeps highlighted the point that how a stove is used can have a significant impact on emissions.” The strategy also goes on to state “The stove, fuel and chimney sweep industries have been proactive in recognising the benefits to them and their customers from promoting those fuels, stoves and actions which will reduce air quality impacts. This is making it easier for consumers to understand the benefits of cleaner fuels, appliances and chimneys.”

 On the importance of chimney sweeping and the role of professional chimney sweeps the strategy says “The way in which we use our stoves can have a big impact on air quality and how long the chimney and stove will last. A local professional sweep can help consumers get it right, ensuring that they get the most from their stoves and provide advice on optimum operation. This can help save money and avoid chimney fires.”

 Proactive Approach

The proactive approach from industry includes Woodsure’s Ready to Burn scheme and the Burnright campaign. Burnright was launched in March and is a chimney sweep led campaign. In July representatives from the Association of Professional, Independent Chimney Sweeps (APICS), the Guild of Master Chimney Sweeps, the Institute of Chimney Sweeps (ICS) and the National Association of Chimney Sweeps (NACS) met and pledged their support for the Burnright campaign. HETAS fully supports this approach from the associations and is hopeful this will drive this sector of our industry forward.

The recently formed Chimney Safety Group meet again this month as industry is working together to become part of the solution.

Read the full Clean Air Strategy here.

As always, stay tuned to our newsletters and the HETAS website for updates on the Clean Air Strategy, Chimney Safety Group and much more. The HETAS team is always happy to answer your queries and can be contacted on 01684 278170 or via our Contact page.

Chimney Safety Group

Chimney Safety Group Formed

Chimney Safety GroupOrganisations 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.

NACS 2016

The annual National Association of Chimney Sweeps Exhibition takes place at the Holiday Inn, Stratford-upon-Avon on Friday 15th and Saturday 16th April 2016. The exhibition will run from 9:30am to 4:30pm on both days.

The exhibition is open to everyone, including those within the chimney, heating and fireplace industry. Members of the public are also welcome at the exhibition, with free entry, free parking, and free daily technical seminars presented by Jim Lambeth, NACS Technical Advisor. Seminar topics will be announced nearer the exhibition.

Discounts on chimney sweeping and HETAS Courses available at the exhibition via the NACS stand.

Exhibitors at the event include Landy Vent, Percy Doughty, Docherty Group, AMAC and many more.

HETAS will be at the exhibition, with our technical and registration team will be on hand throughout.