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Chimney Fire Safety Week

Awareness and Action

This campaign was created to raise awareness of chimney fires and encouraging people to take action. Over the last few years, chimney fires have been slowly decreasing, with figures showing that over 40% of chimney fires in England take place over the three months of January to March. You may think that Chimney Fires aren’t a regular occurrence, however there are still 3,105 chimney fires in England each year. By creating awareness and making sure that people know what they can and need to do in order to minimise and stop the risk of chimney fires happening.  

This years Chimney Fire Safety Week is also supported by HETAS and Woodsure who have supplied a bank of resources for companies which are supporting this week to utilise and share.

Things you can do to help minimise and stop the risk:

  • Avoid slumbering your appliances
  • Never leave a fire unattended
  • Never store fuel next to the appliance
  • Regularly test your smoke and CO alarms
  • Making sure your chimney is swept yearly
  • Keep chimneys, flues and appliances clean and well maintained
  • Be careful when using open fires to keep warm. Make sure you always use a fire guard to protect against flying sparks from hot embers
  • Never interrupt the air supply by blocking air vents or air bricks


You may ask how often should my chimney be swept?

Well, this all depends on the type of fuel you are using:

  • Smokeless fuels – at least once a year
  • Bituminous Coal – at least once a year
  • Wood – Quarterly when in use
  • Oil – once a year
  • Gas – once a year (register to Gas Safe Register)
The Takeaway

Ventro are the go-to third party accredited fire safety specialists and offer a unique three step approach in the Health Checks, Remedial and Installation Planned Programs of Works, and Regulatory Routine Maintenance of fire compartmentation. Our three step approach ensures that buildings are not only brought up to compliant standards but are also kept that way. Find more information here on Fire Compartmentation or any of our other Fire Compliance Services. Or please get in touch with one of our fire safety specialists by email at or by phone on 0845 38 10 999.


*Information source of text & graphics, HETAS