A clean chimney can help prevent fires and structural damage to your property. Regular cleaning of your chimney or flue will eliminate the build-up of soot and clear obstructions such as bird or animal nests, leaves and debris.
It is not enough to use a vacuum cleaner and you should make sure that your chimney or flue is inspected regularly.
Chimneys should be swept:
- At least once a year when using smokeless fuels
- At least once a year when using bituminous coal
- Every three months when burning wood
- Once a year when using oil
- Once a year when using gas
The following safety advice should always be followed when lighting an open fire or woodburning stove:
- Don’t use flammable liquids such as petrol or paraffin to light your fire.
- Don’t burn excessive amounts of paper or rubbish.
- Don’t overload the fire with fuel.
When the fire is alight, check the loft space occasionally to make sure there is no smoke leaking from cracks, defective brickwork or mortar joints.
Guild of Master Chimney Sweeps – www.guildofmasterchimneysweeps.co.uk
National Association of Chimney Sweeps – www.nacs.org.uk