Real fires that burn coal, wood or solid material are ‘solid fuel fires’ and these need regular maintenance. If you have a wood burner installed by Rooftop, stove or solid fuel heating system you’ll have an annual service and safety check as part of your tenancy. However, if you have an open fire as an extra form of heating (you also have central heating that’s gas, oil or electric) then it’s your responsibility to have your chimney swept and maintained to a safe standard. If your chimney isn’t properly maintained it can cause a build up of deadly carbon monoxide.
To help stay safe…
Empty and check the ash can every day
Flue ways at the back of the boiler should be cleaned once a week. Only do this when the fire is out and it’s gone cold.
Throat plates should be removed and cleaned monthly.
Get your chimney swept at least once a year by a recommended chimney sweep, preferably a member of the National Association of Chimney Sweeps, Guild of Master Sweeps or Association of Professional Independent Chimney Sweeps.