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.