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For Peace of mind, to keep your home safe and insurance valid, have your chimney swept and stove serviced at least once a year.
It is important that your chimney is swept on a regular basis.
Having your chimney swept will help eliminate the built-up of soot from the fuel that you burn, ie. coal, wood, oil or gas-fired appliances, helping to prevent chimney fires and reduce the risk of dangerous fumes/carbon monoxide emissions.
Chimney sweeping should take place at least:
- Once a year for appliances burning smokeless coal, gas and oil
- Twice a year for appliances burning domestic bituminous household coal
- Quarterly for appliances burning wood
The only way to establish whether a chimney is safe to use is to have a full inspection and chimney sweeping carried out by a registered, qualified chimney sweep. If you have not had your chimney swept and certified within the last 12 months, you could be at risk of chimney fire and/or Carbon Monoxide poisoning. This may also invalidate your insurance in the event of a chimney fire.