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Chimney Fire Safety

19th September 2013

North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service attended three chimney fires on the 18th September 2013.

We attended a chimney fire in Bedale at 19:26. This was well alight of the arrival of the fire crew who used a hose reel and hearth kit. We attended another one in Leyburn at 20:50 which was out on the arrival of the fire crew and one in Thornton Le Moor at 22:27 which was well alight on the arrival of the fire crew. They used a hose reel jet, chimney rods and a hearth kit to deal with it.

All three of these fires are likely to have been caused by an accumulation of soot.

Now the weather is getting colder we would like to remind everyone who uses an open fire to get their chimney swept.

Regular cleaning of chimneys and flues reduces the risk of dangerous fumes entering the home and eliminates the build up of soot from coal, wood, oil and gas fired systems. It also clears obstructions such as bird and animal nests, leaves and debris.

You should also check the roof space regularly, when a fire is lit, to ensure that smoke is not leaking into the roof space.

Use a fire-guard wherever possible to stop material from the hearth causing a fire within the property.

Chimneys should be swept at least once a year, with ventilation for flues and chimneys inspected at the same time. Chimneys should be swept by a competent contractor. Contact the National Association of Chimney Sweeps

You can get further fire safety on our website here and can download a copy of our Preventing Chimney Fires leaflet here.

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