Your chimney/flue should be swept at least once annually, more often in some circumstances.
Chimney fires may cause loss of home, livelihood or life from combustion of waste products which accumulate in the shaft and shelves of the flue system from your fire or stove to the open air. According to the Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service, Williton Local Community Plan 2014/15, “residents of isolated rural communities” and “of small and mid-sized towns with strong local roots” have a significantly above average likelihood of having a Chimney Fire. In fact, in the c.125 square miles of the area of responsibility of Williton Fire Station, 28% of all fires by type over a four year average (2009/10 - 2012/13) were Chimney Fires.
Did you also know that the build-up of chimney obstructions or lining deterioration can expose you and your family to lethal carbon monoxide, a colourless, odourless, tasteless, poisonous gas produced by the burning of fuels such as gas, oil, wood or coal?