With the wintry weather continuing over the next few days, chimney fires are on the increase in the
Gloucestershire's Deputy Chief Fire Officer does not want a repeat of
the chimney fires that have already happened in the last week.
Geoff Sallis, Deputy Chief Fire Officer, said: "With the recent
cold spell of weather, we have been called out to deal with 15 chimney
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fires in just the last week. While we always see an increase in chimney
fires at this time of year, getting chimneys and flues professionally
swept and burning seasoned wood, can cut down on the risk."
"A smoke filled room can ruin everyone's day and force residents
out of their house into the cold when they want to be sitting in front
of a nice warm fire!"
Residents can help to avoid this by following a few simple rules.
- Do not light fires using flammable liquids such as petrol or paraffin
- Use the recommended fuel for the fire or woodburner; not cardboard or wrapping paper
- Do not overload the fire with fuel
- Use a fireguard to prevent embers setting light to furnishings
- Make sure that there is sufficient ventilation
- Ensure that the fire is completely out before going to bed or out for the day
- Fit a smoke alarm
Cllr Will Windsor-Clive, Cabinet Member for Community Safety, said: "Our
Fire and Rescue Service does a good job all year round but, too often
they are occupied dealing with chimney fires that could have been
avoided through proper maintenance. Please help them to be there for
you when you really need them by having your chimney swept."