Chimney fire alert issued after spate near Plymouth over several days
FIREFIGHTERS from Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service are asking people to take extra care after dealing with several chimney fires.
The fires prompted the fire service to advise people to be careful especially when lighting fires that haven't been used for a while.
Fire Investigation Officer, Mike Burroughs said: "With the nights still being quite cold people have naturally been warming up their homes by lighting the traditional home fire, but without proper maintenance a chimney can become dangerous.
"To keep yourself and your family safe from fire you should take care to have your chimney swept regularly, depending upon what fuel you burn. If the worst should happen, a smoke alarm can give you the extra time you need to escape in a house fire – make sure you test yours regularly."
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The fire service said that cleaning chimneys regularly by a registered chimney sweep will help to prevent dangerous fires. They also advised people to use a fire guard, not overflow the grate and never to burn cardboard boxes or paper.