Did you know? There are more than 2,000 fires caused by chimneys in Ireland every year. That’s more than 50 fires a week during the Autumn – Spring seasons1. While having your fireplace lit can create a cosy, warm atmosphere in your home and can be used as a heating source to cut energy costs, it can also be extremely dangerous. Unfortunately, our claims team sees the devastating effects of these chimney fires on the lives and properties of our customers.
We’ve put together a list of steps you can take to help protect your home and family from the effects of a chimney fire.
- Get your chimney swept every year
Just like your car gets an annual service, your chimney also needs to be checked every year by a Chimney Sweep. This is probably the most effective way to prevent a chimney fire from starting.
Get a Chimney Sweep to clean the flue, ideally before you start using the fire again in the autumn. This will remove the creosote/soot that builds up on the chimney’s flue.
A flue is the pipe that conveys the hot gases from an open fire or stove up through a chimney stack and out to the atmosphere. Creosote is a tar like lining that sticks to the surface of the flue and is combustible. If creosote builds up on the flue surface, it will ‘choke’ the flue, preventing it from getting the gases up and away. The more creosote there is, the greater the fire risk.