Chimney Fires

Please see the information below from Malton Fire Station & NYFRS regarding chimney fires and keeping safe:

  • Regular cleaning of your chimney or flue keeps it clear from a build-up of soot and obstructions such as bird and animal nests, leaves and debris.
  • Chimneys should be swept by a trained person (this is guidance only); at least once a year for smokeless fuel, at least twice a year for bituminous coal, and quarterly for wood.
  • The best time to get your chimney swept is before the start of the heating season, when your fire/wood burner hasn’t been used for a prolonged period.
  • Have your chimney flue inspected regularly (at least once a year) to ensure that it is in good condition.
  • Check the roof space regularly, when a fire is lit, to ensure that smoke is not leaking into the roof space.
  • Don’t use flammable liquids such as petrol or paraffin to light your fire.
  • Wood should be dry and well-seasoned –this usually takes about two years.
  • Always use an appropriate fireguard to protect against flying sparks from hot embers.
  • Have wood burners/multi-fuel stoves installed and serviced by competent engineers, and in line with building standards (building regulations).
  • Don’t store logs too close to fires and wood burners, as radiated heat can cause them to catch fire.
  • Make sure that your fire is well ventilated, and enough air is coming into the room. Don’t block air bricks or vents.
  • Fit smoke alarms and carbon monoxide alarms. If you’re a landlord ensure you are complying with the Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm (England) Regulation 2015.
  • Make sure embers are under control and extinguished properly before you go out or go to bed.
  • Make sure ash and embers are cold before putting them in a wheelie bin.