05/09/2016

NIFRS Issues Reminder At Chimney Fire Safety Week

The Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service (NIFRS) has issued a reminder to householders that chimney fires can be easily prevented by getting their chimneys cleaned.

The NIFRS made the call at the launch of Chimney Fire Safety Week, 05 - 11 September.

Firefighters attended 1,100 chimney fires across Northern Ireland in 2015.

Geoff Somerville, Assistant Group Commander, NIFRS said: "There has been a 17% reduction in the number of chimney fires we attended in 2015 in comparison to 2014. Attending chimney fires represented 5.1% of all incidents we attended last year.

"We are reminding householders that chimney fires can be easily prevented by getting chimneys swept, a number of times a year depending on the type of chimney and fuel you use, to ensure that they are safe and clean for use."

"The cost of a chimney sweep is very small when compared to dealing with the damage and cost of repair after a chimney fire, not to mention the potential threat to life if the chimney fire were to spread to the rest of the property.

"Please also ensure that you have working smoke alarms in your home and test them once a week. If you think you have a chimney fire call 999 immediately and ask for the Fire & Rescue Service."

(CD)




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