Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service firefighters attend numerous chimney fires every year. By having regular inspections and cleaning, these fires can be prevented.
A blocked or defective chimney can cause carbon monoxide poisoning from gas or solid wood fires.
For safety, we strongly recommend that chimneys are cleaned regularly and in line with the below guidelines:
The best times to have your chimney swept are just before the start of the heating season and after any prolonged period of shut-down.
As carbon monoxide is odourless, always have a carbon monoxide alarm in the same room as the fire to alert you to any issues.
If you’re planning to use a real fire to stay warm in the cooler months, take a look at our advice to enjoy it safely: