As the weather turns colder, Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service is urging residents with open fires, wood burners or other solid fuel appliances to make sure they are using them safely.
The Fire Service is offering the following advice . . . .
Make sure appliances are installed and serviced by qualified engineers.
Don't use petrol, paraffin or similar liquids to start the fire.
Don't overload it.
Don't burn paper, rubbish or unseasoned wet wood.
Use a fireguard.
Store fuel away from the fire.
Put the fire out before going to bed or leaving the house.
Make sure that ashes are completely cold before putting them in the bin.
Get the chimney swept regularly. More detailed information is available on the chimney safety page of our website.
Fire Investigation Officer Bobbie-Jay Slack said: "Open fires and wood burners are an obvious fire risk in the home, so people need to take extra care if they have one. They also need to make sure the chimney is swept regularly and be careful how they dispose of ashes afterwards. People should have a working smoke alarm on each level of their property and plan an escape route, in the event of a fire, making sure everyone in the family understands it.
"In 2020, we were called to 43 incidents involving open fires, wood burners or similar appliances. This number has been going down in recent years and we would like that trend to continue."