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Sweep away the threat of fire - have your chimney swept!

on Thu, 24/08/2017 - 8:57am

As part of the national Fire Kills campaign, Oxfordshire County Council Fire and Rescue Service is urging householders to ensure have their chimney swept by a registered chimney sweep.

Chris Barber, Station Manager for Oxfordshire County Council Fire and Rescue Service said: “The end of the summer is the perfect time to have your chimney swept ready so it’s ready for your first fire of the winter season.

“To keep you and your family safe from fire during the winter months make sure you have your chimney swept regularly, depending on what fuel you burn, before the colder months set in and you begin to use your fire again.”

Get it swept

Real fires create a warm and homely atmosphere but bring with them extra risks. A poorly maintained chimney, hearth or fireplace can increase the risk of fire breaking out in your home.

By taking a few extra precautions you can enjoy the glow of a real fire and make sure you and your family stay safe.

If you have a chimney - get it swept - is the message from Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue Service. A chimney can become dangerous and a potential source of a far more serious fire.

Tips for open fires

  • Have your chimney swept at least once a year – more frequently if you burn wood
  • Always use a fire guard to protect against flying sparks from hot embers
  • Make sure embers are properly put out before you go to bed
  • Only burn suitable fuels and don’t overload your fire place
  • Never place hot ashes in a wheelie bin
  • Fit a smoke alarm and test it weekly
  • Make a fire escape plan
  • Fit and carbon monoxide alarm and test it weekly.

Visit for advice on smoke alarms, escape plans and chimney fire safety.

How often should you have your chimney swept?


Once a year


Once a year

Bituminous coal

Twice a year


Up to four times a year

Smokeless coals

At least once a year

Source - Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue Service


Other top winter fire safety tips

  • Never air or dry clothing near open fires or portable heaters.
  • Do not leave candles unattended, make sure they are in a proper holder and remember to extinguish them before you leave a room or go to bed.
  • Never use hot water bottles in the same bed as an electric blanket, even if the blanket is switched off.
  • Unplug electric blankets before you get into bed, unless they have a thermostat control for safe all-night use and check regularly for wear and tear.
  • Make sure you have a working smoke alarm and test it weekly.
  • Have a fire escape plan.

Local chimney sweeps

Here's a Google search result for local chimney sweeps, including your local sweep Andy Hartle (ASH Chimney Sweeps, marked as 'A' on the map), who is based near Childrey:-

Or visit The National Association of Chimney Sweeps website or ring 01785 811732 to find a local registered chimney sweep. Go to the National Association of Chimney Engineers website or call 01526 322555 to get in touch with a local registered structural chimney engineer.

From a page on the OCC website; for further details and to see the original <here>.