As part of Chimney Fire Safety Week 2016, which takes place from 5 to 11 September, Schiedel Chimney Systems is reminding installers of the important role they have to play in keeping their customers safe from chimney fires, a problem that still causes 382 deaths a year on average, despite reducing by 30% in the last decade.
From competent installation and tailored advice from the installer, through to ongoing maintenance, an integrated approach to chimney safety will help stop preventable accidents, the company says.
David Wright, residential sales and marketing manager for Schiedel Chimney Systems, said: "The popularity of wood burning stoves is on the up, so the need for skilful installation together with increased customer awareness is paramount in making sure chimney fire fatalities continue their downward trend."
The company has issued a checklist that it recommends installers follow to ensure chimney safety:
Between April 2014 and March 2015, fire and rescue services were called to over 5,000 chimney fires. Chimney Fire Safety Week calls for homeowners to prepare for burning season by having their chimneys swept by a HETAS-approved sweep, and to maintain their chimneys throughout the year to avoid a build-up of ash and soot which can present a serious fire hazard.
"HETAS-approved solid fuel heating installers are equipped with the technical knowledge and experience to deliver practical and professional advice to their customers about chimney safety, and should play their part in raising awareness - an act that could save lives and win them more business," said Mr Wright.