Chimney Fires

Chimney fires are avoidable, insurance companies and local councils have now tightened up on consumer neglect. Demands over £2000 have been issued against homeowners for emergency service call out where proper steps have not been taken towards regular chimney maintenance.
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Chimney Fires, things you should consider

UK fire statistics show that every year over 31 thousand houses have chimney fires. This is due largely to infrequent sweeping, which results in a build up of flammable tar within the appliance or flue.

Many insurance companies will no longer pay out for claims made due to chimney fires unless the chimney has been swept by a professional chimney sweep and the home/building owners are in possession of a recognized chimney sweeping certificate.

Council Charges

Also if the fire brigade are called out due to a chimney fire and it is proven that the chimney has not been maintained properly the local council can bill you for the call out, and in some cases this has been known to exceed £2000 per fire crew.
Clean chimneys do not catch fire.
Sweeping chimneys is now a quick, clean and modern process with very little disruption to you and your home

Clean Regularly

Regular cleaning is the only way chimney fires can by avoided.  The National Safety Council recommends that chimneys be swept thoroughly at least twice a year, once perhaps at the beginning of the cold weather period, i.e. after the Summer /Autumn, to clear the chimney of debris (Bird’s Nests, etc.) which may have accumulated and also to remove soot. They should also be swept mid-way through the Winter to ensure a fire does not occur.