Firefighters attack at a chimney fire in Penrith

The Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service (CFRS) is calling for increased safety awareness in the event of a chimney fire following recent incidents involving chimney fires in the county.

In England, chimney fires typically account for more than 4,000 incidents handled by fire and rescue services each year. The CFRS calls on homeowners to clean up their act and have their chimney swept by an approved broom to prevent damage to the chimney and, in the worst case, household fires.

Ed Burrows, Cumbria Fire and Rescue Supervisor, says owners can take certain steps to prevent and protect their property:

"To protect yourself and your family from fires, be sure to have your chimney swept regularly, depending on the fuel you burn, before the colder months settle down and you start using them again." your fire. To get the most out of your wood stove, be sure to use quality wood, maintain your appliance and chimney regularly, and make sure that you use your appliance according to the manufacturer's instructions.

"The HETAS website offers a range of helpful tips to help you get the best performance from your stove.

"People would not think twice about getting their MOT cars, but home appliances are often overlooked. This may not be at the top of the to-do list, but you really can not afford to risk leaving these tasks unattended. "

Ed also stresses the importance for homes to have carbon monoxide detectors suitable for those with open fire, wood stoves and gas appliances.

"Carbon monoxide is known as the silent killer, you can not see it, you can not taste it, but it's a killer if it's not detected. Please buy a carbon monoxide detector to protect your loved ones. Many detectors are now available for less than £ 10. "

For more information on how to maintain your fireplace and how you can contribute to fire prevention, visit www.chimneyfiresafetyweek.co.uk. For more information on how to get the best performance from your stove, visit www.hetas.co.uk