Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service is warning residents about the dangers of storing and drying wood next to burners following an incident recently.
A crew from Sandyford attended an address on Biddulph Road, Stoke-on-Trent, at around 10.05am yesterday (Wednesday 23 March) following reports of excessive smoke coming out from a chimney.
All persons were accounted for and thankfully no one was injured.
It is believed the excessive smoke was caused by damp timber being stored on a log burner.
Simon England, Prevent Delivery Lead at Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service, said: “If you are burning wood, make sure that it is completely dried. Don’t burn unseasoned, wet, soft or tanalised wood as they leave greater tar deposits which increases the chimney fire hazard.
"Please ensure combustibles remain stored safely including seasoned logs and avoid storing these next to burners and open fires due to the radiated heat increasing the likelihood of them catching fire
“We attend numerous chimney fires every year. By having regular inspections and cleaning, these fires can be prevented.”
Here are our top tips for minimising the risk of a chimney fire:
We strongly recommend that the chimney is cleaned regularly and in line with the below guidelines.
For more information on chimney/log-burning safety, visit: Chimney fire safety (staffordshirefire.gov.uk)