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How to avoid a chimney fire

Chimney Fires


Chimney fires occur when deposits of carbon and debris accumulate in a chimney and are set alight by sparks or flames from a heat source.

How to avoid a chimney fire

Regular cleaning and use of appropriate fuels is the only way chimney fires can be avoided.  The National Safety Council recommends that chimneys be swept thoroughly at least twice a year.

A chimney fire can cause serious damage to the flue, or indeed the building.  When damage is caused to the flue or to the property, insurance companies will require details about the sweeping regime, specifically how often the chimney was swept and who had swept it;  the sweep should be an Approved Sweep to indicate a level of competency.  

In circumstances where an approved sweep has not been used, and/or a regular sweeping regime has not been undertaken, insurance companies may either refuse to pay for any los or damage incurred as a result of the fire, or reduce their offer.

Failing to have the chimney swept on a financial basis can truly be false economy but, more importantly, can put you and your family at risk.


Home-sweep is a member of the Guild of Master Chimney Sweeps and  HETAS Approved.


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