25th October 2016Fire Prevention – Check Your Chimney Often! Posted By : Admin/ 0 comments / Under : Latest News There is a reason why chimney fire damage occurs more frequently at this time of year! When was the last time you checked your chimney? With winter quickly approaching, fire brigades across the UK are reporting an increase of calls to fires that are caused by poorly maintained chimneys. If you have not checked your chimney in a while, it may be time to do so now to ensure that it is safe for the winter ahead. Chimneys are one of the leading reasons as to why fires start in property’s. Chimney fires are one of the oldest and cheapest ways to keep your property warm, however with flames roaring within your property they are also one of the most dangerous. Some would rather enjoy a nice fire whilst sat in the living room but little do people know just how dangerous they can actually be. Regularly Maintain Your Chimney To Prevent Fire Damage The most common reason for chimneys catching alight is that they are not properly maintained and cleaned regularly. There are different types of chimney fires. The different types are wood fires, coal fires and oil fires. All types of these chimney fires need different maintenance, the coal fires do not need to be cleaned as regularly, the fire department recommended 1 to 2 times a year. Whilst the wood fires need an average cleaning of 4 to 5 times a year. There are ways to prevent fires from starting due to your chimney, the precautions you need to take are relatively simple yet lifesaving. The main one which is regularly maintaining your chimney is the most important step to take. The second way is buying a fire guard so that no embers or hot substances can find their way into the room. When using a wood burner, you need to make sure that the woods moisture content is no more than 17 percent, you also need to ensure that before you leave the fire unattended that every single ember is properly extinguished. There is on average 7000 fires a year due to chimneys in England alone they are one of the leading reasons to property damage in the UK. When using chimneys, we urge everyone to stay safe, if you follow the procedures properly then you and your family should be safe from these types of fires. How We Can Help Ideally, we would prefer that your property isn’t damaged by a chimney in the first place, but If you have been affected by a chimney fire, then we can help. Public Loss Adjusters are not only here to ensure that you receive your full entitlement from your insurer, we can also arrange for expert building contractors to repair your property after a fire. If your insurance policy allows, we can also arrange for temporary accommodation whist your property is repaired. Public Loss Adjusters work tirelessly by representing you, rather than your insurer. In most cases we can offer our services at no cost to you. Call our helpful and friendly team today to find out how we can help. Call 08000 434 999.