Prevent chimney fires

Prevent chimney fires

Reduce the potential of a fire in your chimney

Most chimney fires are preventable. Regular inspection and cleaning of chimney flues will help prevent fires within your chimney.

Simple tips to reduce the chances of a fire in your chimney

These simple tips will greatly reduce your chances of having a fire in your chimney:

  • sweep the chimney before use if you haven't used it for some time
  • ensure a fireguard is in front of the fire at all times
  • sparkguards can prevent a serious property fire
  • extinguish the fire before going to bed or leaving the house
  • never use petrol or paraffin to light your fire


How often should you clean your chimney?

We recommend the following simple maintenance routines:

  • solid fuel appliances - should be swept once a year for smokeless fuel and twice a year if you're using coal
  • wood burning appliances - should be swept every three months when in use
  • gas appliances - once a year if designed for sweeping
  • oil fired appliances - once a year


If you have a chimney fire

  • dial 999 and ask for the fire service. It will help if someone can wait outside to meet us
  • if you have a conventional open fire, extinguish the fire in the grate by gently splashing water onto the open fire a little at a time allowing the steam to vent up the chimney
  • if you have a solid fuel appliance, close down the ventilation as much as possible
  • move furniture and rugs away from the fireplace and remove any nearby ornaments
  • place a sparkguard in front of the fire
  • feel the chimney breast in other rooms for signs of heat
  • if a wall is becoming hot, move furniture away
  • ensure that access to your attic or roof space is available for us as we will want to thoroughly check this area for signs of possible fire spread
  • if smoke starts to enter your property, move outside as soon as possible 

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