Tips & Fire Safety2018-09-24T20:36:12+00:00

Tips & Fire Safety

General Fire Safety

  • Fit smoke & CO2 alarms and check them regularly.

  • Make a fire action plan so that everybody in your house knows how to escape in the event of a fire.

  • Keep matches and lighters away from children.

  • Check for fire hazards in your home before you go to bed – it takes longer to become aware of a fire when asleep.

  • If there is a fire, don’t tackle it yourself – get out, stay out and call 999.

Chimney Care

  • Clean your chimney and flue regularly.
  • If using an open fire, make sure embers are properly put out before you go to bed.
  • If using a sealed appliance, check that the door is closed.

  • Always use a fire guard to protect against flying sparks from hot embers.
  • Don’t use flammable liquids such as petrol or paraffin to light your fire.

  • Don’t interrupt the air supply by blocking air vents or air bricks.

Log Care

  • Use the warmer months to dry out your logs ready for the next heating season.
  • Have a moisture meter to hand to check the moisture content in your logs.
  • Your logs should have a moisture content of about 20%.
  • Less than 20% moisture content and you will find yourself burning through more wood than you have to.
  • More than 20% moisture content and you will effectively be burning water and damaging your flue. The fire will not burn as efficiently.
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