Call a chimney sweep not a firefighter.
It can be comforting to curl up in front of a warm, cosy, crackling fire on a cold winter’s night. But, before you light yours for the first time this year, it’s vital you make sure it’s in good working order and fit for the winter or you could be putting your family and home at risk.
Between 2010 and 2014, Kent Fire and Rescue Service tackled almost 1,350 chimney fires in Kent and Medway. One of the main causes is not having your chimney swept regularly. Dirty chimneys can cause fires which damage structures, destroy homes and injure or kill people.
We know how busy life gets and that it’s all too easy to forget the important things in life. Sign up to our clean sweep alert and you can rely on Kent Fire and Rescue Service to send you a friendly reminder to get your chimney swept and inspected as well as useful tips to keep you and your loved ones safe.
Do you use an open fire, wood or log burning stove, Aga or other ‘real flame’ appliance in your home?
The chimney is essentially a household exhaust pipe — funnelling away soot, smoke, gases, hot ashes and sparks — sweeping should be an essential part of home maintenance.
This will help protect against blockages, smoke leaks, inadequate ventilation, insufficient draw, down-draught and tar build-up.
Follow our top tips to help avoid a fire and keep your family and home safe.