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How many times should you have your chimney swept each year?

According to the Department of Environment's Fire Service Section March 2009, you should have your chimney swept: Once per year if using oil/gas/smokeless fuels ,twice per year if using coal and four times per year (once per season) if using wood.

Why so many times for using wood?

Unseasoned wood is one of the main causes of chimney fires.Wood should be seasoned at least 12-24 months with the moisture content being between 15-20%.

How can I tell if the wood is seasoned?

The easiest way to tell if your firewood is seasoned is by using a moisture metre. Moisture metres can be obtained from patrick@chimneysolutions.ie  at a cost of €35.00 plus p+p.

How many chimney fires are there ?

According to the Department of Environment's Fire Service Bulletins: 60-65% of all domestic fires attended to by the Irish Fire Service every year are chimney fires. This represents 110+ chimney fires attended to every week by the Irish fire Service.Ireland has the worst record of chimney fires (per capita) in the world.

How does Ireland compare with other countries?

In the United States with a population of over 307 million ,there are on average 25,100 chimney fires which are responsible for 30 deaths and $126.1 million in property damage.  In 2008 the United Kingdom with a population of 61 million, there were 12,200 chimney fires. And in the Republic of Ireland with a population of only 4.2 million the Irish Fire Service attended almost 6,000 chimney fires.

Why are there so many chimney fires here in Ireland?

Chimneys are not being inspected on a regular basis by a CSAI certified chimney inspector.

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