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
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
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