According to statistics, there are over 7,000 chimney fires in the UK every single year. In fact, the vast majority of these deadly fires can actually be prevented with regular maintenance and general fire safety. Here at Pearson Fuels, we believe that it is our responsibility to ensure that our clients use the coal we supply responsibly and safely. Read on as we go through three of the most important fire safety tips that every fireplace and stove owner should know…
Regular Chimney Sweeping
When carbon-based fuels like coal and firewood are burned in a chimney, a deposit known as creosote builds up on the side of the chimney flue. Although it is relatively low risk in small quantities, it is important to have a chimney swept regularly in order to keep creosote under control. After all, this substance is incredibly flammable, which means that it only takes a small spark to set alight an incredibly dangerous chimney fire.
Another danger of burning carbon-based fuels is a toxic gas known as carbon monoxide (CO). In fact, this gas is so dangerous that it is imperative that every homeowner using a fireplace or stove has a CO detector in place in order to identify it in large quantities. Released as a by-product of combustion, the gas is usually released into the atmosphere via the chimney flue; however, large deposits of creosote can cause it to linger in the home. Since carbon monoxide is odourless, colourless and tasteless, CO poisoning can wreak havoc on a homeowner’s health for days, if not weeks, before it is discovered without a detector in place.
It is an unspoken rule that children should never be left unsupervised around a fire. After all, they are inquisitive creatures and it is an adult’s responsibility to ensure that this curiosity does not result in a fatal injury. The most effective way to do this is to invest in something known as a ‘fireplace guard’. These create a literal blockage in front of a fireplace in order to separate young children from the naked flames without reducing the heat output of a fire.
When it comes to fire safety, it is important that a burning fire is contained. After all, if the recommended precautions are not adhered to then the life of every household member is put at serious risk. Thankfully, fire safety is as simple as burning the right fuels and ensuring that the flue is regularly swept. To find out more information, get in contact with the best coal merchants around and speak to a member of the Pearson Fuels team today!