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Regular maintenance of your chimney will depend on the fuel you burn - if you burn oil or gas, your chimney should be swept once a year,  Bituminous - coal twice a year, wood up to four times a year and smokeless coals at least once a year.

Also, do not burn wet wood - all wood burned must have a moisture content of no more than 17 percent.

When thinking about heating your home, it's important to purchase the correct size appliance for your room - an appliance which is too large will never be used hot enough to volatize all of the fuel within the wood and unburned fuel will pass up the chimney as smoke and condense within the flue as extremely flammable creosote.

To cut the risk of fire in your home, always make sure embers are properly put out before you go to bed and use a fire guard to protect against flying sparks from hot embers.

If the worst should happen, a smoke alarm can give you the extra time you need to escape in a house fire - make sure you test yours regularly. Remember, if you don't have a smoke alarm, North Wales Fire and Rescue Service can fit one for free - to register click here or call our 24 hour hotline free on 0800 169 1234.


Spreading the word on student fire safety

This month we're working in partnership with leading educational establishments across the region to help ensure that students studying in North Wales are kept as safe as possible from fire.

Staff will taking part in 'freshers' events at various Coleg Cambria and Grŵp Llandrillo Menai  campuses across the region and will be meeting thousands more scholars at the 'freshers fairs' at Bangor University and Glyndŵr University, Wrexham later this month.

If you're starting university or college this month, or if your loved ones are fleeing the nest and you want to make sure they stay safe, our Facebook site is a great source of relevant fire safety information - visit www.facebook/northwalesfireservice and become a fan to find out more.

We'll be posting pictures and advice following our visits to the student campuses, and we'll also be launching a special safety competition for students. If you have any questions or queries, don't hesitate to get in touch - social networking is all about communication and we want to make sure that everyone is as informed as possible.


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