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Chimney Fire Safety Week

23rd August 2018

Chimney Fire Safety Week runs from the 3rd to the 9th September and as part of it North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service is reminding people who have open fires or wood burning/multi-fuel stoves to follow some top tips.

In the previous two years, North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service attended over 250 chimney fires.  Many of these fires were caused by a build-up of soot or bird’s nests/leaves catching fire within the chimney.

If you have an open fire of a multi-fuel/wood burner or stove please follow our tips below:

  • Ensure your chimney is kept clear by having it cleaned at frequent intervals. Chimneys should be swept (this is guidance only);
    • At least once a year for smokeless fuel
    • At least twice a year (or quarterly) for wood and bituminous coal
  • The best time to get your chimney swept is before the start of the heating season, when your fire/wood burner hasn’t been used for a while.
  • Do not store logs or other flammable items next to the fire/woodburner. Radiated heat can cause these items to catch fire.
  • Have your appliance serviced and cleaned regularly by a trained and registered chimney engineer.


For more information on maintaining your chimney and how can help with fire prevention, please visit:


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