With over 7,400 reported and attended chimney fires in the UK & Ireland during 2020/21, it is important to make sure you don’t become one of these statics.
What Causes Chimney fires?
As a highly flammable substance, this is the main cause of chimney fires. The creosote is the result of a by-product from the fire which is ejected into the chimney with the smoke, and when the temperatures in the chimney lower, it attaches to the chimney walls forming a dark sticky or flaky substance. It is often as a result of using unseasoned logs, i.e. placed in the fire shortly after being chopped up from the tree branches.
Debris or blockages
Debris or blockages come from weather or animals such as birds putting leaves, twigs or miscellaneous material into the chimney. Creating a bed of material that a single rising ember can light on fire.
Recommendations to prevent chimney fires
• Only burn seasoned wood that has a moisture level of less than 17% – Burning seasoned wood with less than 17% moisture level reduces the amount of creosote that can build up on the walls. Typically leaving freshly cut logs for a year to dry out.
• Frequently hire professionals to sweep or clean your chimney – Infrequent sweeping of the chimney will allow creosote and debris to make a new home in your chimney, which in turn massively increases the likelihood of a chimney fire. In the case of regularly used log-burning stoves, this could be up as much as 4 times a year. For other fuels such as smokeless coals, fully seasoned wood, gas or oil, then once a year should suffice
• Keep a Fire Safety Stick in the home – even with the above preventative measures, a chimney fire can still occur. This is one of the few extinguishers that allows the householder to extinguish the fire before the fire brigade arrives. Typically, they will treat the fire by simply placing a water hose pipe from the top of the chimney – effective but somewhat messy to your home.
The Fire Safety Stick is one of the only extinguishers on the market that is able to fight chimney fires.
If you notice that there is a fire inside your chimney flue, and if it is safe to do so, activate the Fire Safety Stick extinguisher and place it at the base of the chimney (inside for log burners or wood stoves). This will allow the completely safe discharge from Fire Safety Stick to travel up the chimney, fill the flue, and extinguish the fire.
Of course, you must call the fire brigade immediately and then escape to safety.
Typically, the Fire Safety Stick will extinguish the chimney fire almost immediately but at the very least it will repress the fire, keeping it at bay, and allow for the fire services to arrive with a fire that has been significantly delayed, and of course, potentially saving the roof and/or home.
With all these advantages over traditional extinguishers, it makes sense to have them in the home (especially the kitchen), garage, workshop and even in the caravan or motorhome!
From just 215g, it’s the world’s lightest!
No damaging mess or residue
Traditional extinguishers often create more damage than the fire
Longer discharge times
Min discharge time is 50 seconds in comparison to a 1kg traditional powder extinguisher that is just 7 seconds
3 X the shelf-life and No maintenance required
Traditional extinguishers last 5 years max and must be serviced
All major classes of Fire
Even kitchen fires. No dangerous gambling if you have the right type
CE UKCA & RINA Certified
Plus fully tested and certified for all major classes of fire. And many international certifications
Leave it to fight the fire while you escape
Or use it directly to aid your escape
Drop it, pierce it, it will still work! And no accidentally setting it off!
Totally harmless to humans & animals
Safe to breathe, even in confined areas
No harmful by-products
Easy to recycle
Can be domestically recycled. Traditional extinguishers must be professionally removed.
We strongly recommend storing one in the Kitchen because it is imperative to act quickly as 46% of 33,180 dwellings (house) fires in 2020/21 were found to be caused by kitchen appliances, which includes cookers & ovens, rings & hot plates, grills & toasters.