'Sweep your chimney' is latest safety message from county's fire service - The Evesham Observer

'Sweep your chimney' is latest safety message from county's fire service

Evesham Editorial 7th Sep, 2023   0

THE COUNTY’S fire service is calling on homeowners to have their chimneys swept as part of a new campaign to reduce fires.

Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Service (HWFRS) is supporting Chimney Fire Safety Week from September 4 to 10 as part of the Government’s Fire Kills campaign which calls for homeowners to act responsibly and have their chimneys cleared by approved sweepers.

Sweeping can prevent damage and household fires while lowering fuel costs, reducing harmful emissions and protecting the environment.

HWFRS has been called out to 1,264 chimney fires in Herefordshire and Worcestershire over the last 10 years.

Emma Roberts, HWFRS head of prevention, said: “Sweeping your chimney twice a year and using a quality-assured fuel are the key to prevention.

“Not only does this remove soot and tar deposits but it also gives sweeps the opportunity to check for any problems with the appliance, chimney or liner, keeping you and your family safe and warm this winter.

“A typical sweep only takes about 90 minutes and doesn’t make a mess.

“Professional chimney sweeps use modern methods and tools such as power-sweeping, CCTV and vacuums to ensure minimal disturbance for the homeowner.

“Customers don’t need to move all of their furniture out of the room.

“It’s also vital with rising energy bills that we aren’t tempted to tackle ‘fuel poverty’ by cutting costs in ways that could impact health or mental welfare, such as reducing heating, hot water, cooking or fridge contents.

“I’d also encourage everyone to keep an eye on elderly or vulnerable relatives and neighbours who may be particularly struggling.”


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