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Check your chimneys!

Created on 07/09/2020 @ 10:28
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Some of us have already lit the log burners and fires in our homes following the early onset of Autumn, prompting the local fire authority to offer some timely advice.

The Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service said that poorly maintained chimneys can not only be a fire hazard, but blockages can also increase the risk of Carbon Monoxide poisoning.

It has also prompted fire chiefs to remind householders to make sure that there are adequate fire alarms in the house and that they are in working order.

Station Manager Will Bowen, Home Safety Manager said: “We want people to think beyond installing a smoke alarm on the landing and in the hallway and think about the risks in their own home to ensure they have the right detection in the right places.

“Home detection technology has advanced and products with sealed batteries or interlinked systems are available and as part of your home safety plan may give you precious minutes to escape if a fire starts.”

Their advice is to:

·      Replace their Smoke Alarms every 10 years – even if they appear to work when tested

·      Fit additional Alarms in the rooms that are used most

·      Clean your smoke alarms regularly

·      Purchase sealed unit alarms so the batteries cannot be tampered with

You can read more about Chimney Safety at where there is further information on registered and insured Chimney Sweeps. 

For the latest up to date advice and information about smoke alarms and home safety please see our website for more details

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