Fire Service Warn Against Greater Risk of Chimney Fires in Cold Weather
THE recent cold snap has seen the number of chimney fires in Cambridgeshire treble as residents increasingly rely on log fires to provide extra heating for their homes. With temperatures continuing to hover ominously close to zero, homeowners have turned
THE recent cold snap has seen the number of chimney fires in Cambridgeshire treble as residents increasingly rely on log fires to provide extra heating for their homes.
With temperatures continuing to hover ominously close to zero, homeowners have turned to log fires to help combat the cold but the rush to stoke fireplaces around the county has seen a dramatic rise in fires as homeowners neglect to have their chimney's properly swept.
During December fire-fighters were called out to 15 incidents in the county compared to just five during the previous month of November, causing fire chiefs to urge homeowners to take care.
Chimney fires typically start when thick layers of soot or tar build up on the flume and catch light as a fire burns below.
You may also want to watch:
Wendy Coleman, Community Safety Advisor for Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service said: "If you have an open fire in your home, it is vital that your chimney is swept at least once a year to prevent a build up of debris which could start a fire.
"In addition to this, the brickwork on the chimney should also be inspected, particularly in the roof space to ensure there are no cracked or broken bricks which embers could escape through."
- 1 Jail for 'predator' who raped vulnerable woman in children's play park
- 2 Eight page enforcement notice wrapped round giant cuppa
- 3 Marathon runner passes through Cambs on route to Kathmandu
- 4 Hundreds sign petition in support of pub's cup of positivi-tea
- 5 Fire crews called to stables building blaze
- 6 'It was as if Covid didn't exist' - Latitude-goers report positive tests
- 7 7 of the most expensive houses on the market in Cambridgeshire right now
- 8 Threatening domestic abuser tracked and assaulted ex partner of 10 years
- 9 Handcuffed duo prepare to make London Marathon history
- 10 'Savage' attack left man without spleen
"Burning wood can cause the residue to build up quicker in the chimney walls as it can contain sap and glue. But whatever fuel you burn, it is important that the chimney is kept clean and you do not allow soot or ash to build up, said Ms Coleman.
Cambridgeshire Fire Service is offering residents a free home fire safety check. To book for a member of the service to visit your home, contact 0800 917 9994.