MAKE a sweeping change this winter.
That is the message from Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service which is reporting a recent rise in chimney fires due to a drop in temperature.
The fire service has reported 10 chimney incidents in the last two weeks in Hampshire and is calling on residents to ensure their chimney is ready for winter.
Station manager, Jim Clarke, said: ‘We’re concerned that with colder conditions ahead people will continue to use their open fires.
‘In order to keep your home and loved ones safe, chimneys need to be swept regularly and safely maintained.
‘In the current economic climate people are understandably looking to reduce their household expenditure but the cleaning of chimneys is essential, do not put the safety of your family and home at risk.’
The fire service recommends sweeping wood fire chimneys four times a year and smokeless coals, oil and gas chimneys once a year.
For more information visit hantsfire.gov.uk/chimneyfires