There are approximately 7,000 chimney fires a year in England, most of which are preventable with the regular sweeping of your chimney. Depending on what fuel you burn, make sure you keep your family, and your home, safe from danger with a simple solution – especially late summer, early autumn as you get ready for another winter.
How Often Should You Have Your Chimney Swept?
A lot of this depends on what fuel you are burning, but adequate prevention is better that the potential results of a fire. Recommended guidelines for chimney sweeping are:
- Oil Fire – once a year
- Gas Fire – once a year
- Bituminous – Coal – four times a year
- Wood – up to four times a year
- Smokeless coals – at least once a year
The Added Expense Of A Blocked Chimney
Some insurance companies no longer pay out for claims resulting from chimney fire damage unless the chimney flue has been swept and maintained by a professional chimney sweep. Depending on the damage, this could leave you in serious debt to fix any structural damage to your home resulting from a house fire.
Also, if you have had to rely on the fire brigade to see to any chimney fire and it is proven that the chimney has not been maintained correctly, the local council may bill a call out charge, which has been known to be up to £2000.
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