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Chimney Safety

Autumn has arrived and we start out safety campaigns with the annual Chimney Safety Week from 7th - 13th of September.

Chimney Safety Week encourages residents to keep basic fire safety advice in mind before lighting their fires for the first time as temperatures begin to fall.

Most chimney fires are preventable - North Wales Fire and Rescue Service was called to 217 chimney fires last year, which was a slight increase from the 212 attended in the previous 12 months.

The most common causes of chimney fires are inadequately sized or poorly installed appliances, blocked chimneys and the use of wet wood in burners.

There are a number of precautionary measures which can be taken to ensure you and your household are as safe as possible when lighting fires at home. A good way to begin thinking about your chimney safety is to have your chimney swept by a certified member of the National Association of Chimney Sweeps. Infrequent sweeping of chimneys can increase the risk of chimney fires, and can even cause carbon monoxide poisoning.

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%.

When considering a heating installation such as a coal or log burner in the home, it is important that you take into account the size of the appliance. An appliance which is too large will never become hot enough to effectively burn all of the fuel within the wood, and unburned fuel will pass up the chimney as smoke,condensing within the flue as extremely flammable creosote.

Finally, to reduce 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 - so 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 visit www.nwales-fireservice.org.uk or call our 24 hour hotline free on 0800 169 1234.

Spreading the word on student fire safety

North Wales Fire and Rescue Service will be working in partnership with
higher education establishments across North Wales during September and October to ensure students are as safe as possible from fires and road traffic

Staff will be attending a number of 'Fresher's Fair' events  to advise on fire and road safety for students at Grwp Llandrillio Menai, Coleg Cambria, Bangor University, Glyndwr University and Airbus campuses.

If you're starting university or college this month, or if your loved ones are leaving homes 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 follow our page to keep up to date with safety advice.

We will be posting photos 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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