Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service (WFRS) issues a crucial reminder to homeowners in a bid to prevent chimney fires, explaining the importance of regular chimney maintenance and the use of quality fuel.

11 December 2023

With the winter season looming, Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service (WFRS) is proactively advocating for chimney safety among homeowners. The WFRS emphasises the necessity of scheduling regular chimney sweeps by certified professionals to reduce the risk of chimney fires.

Over the past three years, WFRS has responded to 112 chimney fires, with the majority occurring during the autumn and winter months, particularly between October and March. Recognising the increased use of fireplaces in colder weather, Warwickshire County Council’s Portfolio Holder for Fire and Rescue and Community Safety, Andy Crump, underscores the importance of pre-emptive measures.

Crump states, "As the colder weather approaches and people turn to their fireplaces for warmth, it is crucial for homeowners to have their chimneys swept. Ensuring they are free from debris and in proper working order is essential. A blocked or defective chimney can lead to chimney fires and carbon monoxide poisoning. Therefore, it is imperative to engage the services of a qualified and professional chimney sweep."

In the event of an unexpected fire, Crump advises the public to rely on working smoke alarms for early warnings and to have a fire escape plan in place. The key message is clear: "Get out, stay out, and call 999."

Residents are further urged to prioritise home safety by installing at least one smoke alarm on every floor and a carbon monoxide detector in rooms with gas- or fuel-powered appliances such as boilers or gas fires. Carbon monoxide detectors play a vital role in detecting potentially lethal gas buildups from various heating and cooking appliances, ensuring the safety of households.

For those seeking more information and guidance on chimney fire safety, people are encouraged to visit the dedicated webpage here. Additionally, comprehensive resources on general fire safety in homes can be found here. Stay informed and take proactive steps to safeguard your home and loved ones this winter.

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