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 house 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), The National Association of Chimney Sweeps (NACS) and Sweep Safe.
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.
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.