Advice follows spate of chimney fires

First published in News

Fire and crews were in action across the county over the weekend, responding to a number of chimney fires.

Fire crews attended chimney fires in Lampeter Velfrey, Amroth, Llawhaden, Welsh Hook and Narberth.

“While these fires were contained within the chimney, it should be remembered that chimney fires can heat the surrounding areas and develop into property fires affecting roof spaces or the whole house, said Pembrokeshire community safety manager, Sion Slaymaker.

“Whether you regularly light traditional fires or occasionally, such as at Christmas time, our advice is the same: We recommend that you have your chimney regularly swept by a qualified chimney sweep, particularly if it has not been used for some time.”

“Other precautions include fitting a fireguard to open fires and ensuring the fire is fully extinguished before leaving the home or going to bed.

“Should the worst happen and you have a chimney fire, remember that we treat chimney fires the same as all other fires, so dial 999 and ask for the fire service.’

To book a free fire service home fire safety check, which may involve the fitting of potentially lifesaving smoke detectors, ring 0800 169 1234 or book online at www.freesmokealarm.co.uk/.

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