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Fire and Chimney Safety

Use the Right Fuel

Only burn fuels which are suitable for your appliance, and avoid burning potentially hazardous materials like plastic, paper, cardboard, and waste wood. Before burning wood ensure it is well seasoned. Kiln Dried Logs are recommended as they are dried to a very low moisture level of 20% or less.

Burning green or unseasoned wood can lead to creosote type condensates in the flue system. These will not only block the chimney flue but are also highly flammable and can lead to destructive chimney fires. Click here to learn how to tell if your logs are ready to burn.

Keep your Chimney Clean

Having your chimney swept regularly will help your fuel burn more efficiently, and minimise any risk of damage to your appliance or chimney. The following frequencies are the minimum recommended by the Guild of Master Chimney Sweeps. Your chimney sweep will be able to better advise the correct sweeping frequency for your situation.

  • Smokeless Coal – At least once per year
  • Wood – Up to four times per year
  • Bituminous Coal – Twice per year

Visit the Guild of Master Chimney Sweeps, NACS, or APICS to find a reputable, reliable sweep near you.

Fit Smoke and CO Alarms

Smoke and carbon monoxide detectors should be fitted in every home, whether the owners burn solid fuel or not. An audible alarm will alert you to any danger wherever you are in the house. Carbon monoxide is a colourless, odourless, and tasteless gas which can be fatal if inhaled in large quantities. A carbon monoxide alarm is a reliable way of detecting carbon monoxide before it reaches dangerous levels.

Fire and Chimney Safety Tips 

  • Don’t store wood or other flammable materials next to your fire or stove
  • Try to use wood that is dried to 20% moisture or less
  • Don’t leave open fires unattended
  • Use a fire guard when necessary
  • Have your chimney swept regularly
  • Use audible smoke and carbon monoxide detectors
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