Fire service warns over chimney fires
Posted by Nicole Stevens.
Property landlords may want to review the their fire action signs following a recent rise in chimney fires.
Humberside Fire and Rescue Service has attended five chimney fires in the space of three days, using specialist equipment to deal with heavily smoke-logged rooms.
In one incident in Snaith, a chimney fire spread to roof beams and fire fighters had to use a 10.5m ladder and thermal imaging technology.
The service said chimney fires can spread into the roof space or floor cavity, cause significant damage and potentially endanger the lives of people in the house.
They are usually started when high temperatures or flames from a very hot fire spread into the appliance outlet or flue.
Chimneys should be swept regularly, at least once a year.
Pete Baron, from Humberside Fire and Rescue, said ideally chimneys should we swept and checked before winter sets in.
"However, it is not too late and we would urge people to make sure it is clean and safe for use," he said.
"Poorly maintained chimneys, hearths and fireplaces can increase the risk of fire breaking out in your home."
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