Chimney Fire Safety Week – 5th to 12th September 2016.
5000 chimney fires las year could have been avoided by simply having your chimney swept by a professional chimney sweep. APICS sweeps are qualified to not only sweep your chimney properly but to also give you valuable advice on fuels, frequency of sweeping etc. Sweeping is very important to keep your chimney clear of deposits, which are usually combustible. You may have invested in a modern, efficient stove, why allow this to become inefficient through lack of maintenance? You would not do this with a new car or van, it would not make sense! Chimney fires can also lead to much more expensive repairs such as cracked or broken chimney pots, melted or damaged cowls or completely ruined stainless steel liners.
Having a certificate of sweeping from your APICS sweep also ensures that your house insurance will not be null and void due to your neglect! Make sure to get your chimney swept before it’s too late. Go to www.apics.org.uk www.hetas.co.uk or www.solidfuel.co.uk We all have a ‘find a sweep’ facility making it easy to find your nearest qualified sweep. Find a sweep you’ll want to keep.
Ryan Metters (APICS chairman)