Sefton had more chimney fires than anywhere else on Merseyside over the past two years, we can reveal.
Data obtained by Mr Soot Chimney Sweep shows the borough accounted for almost 40% of all incidents between 2019 and 2020.
The second highest area for chimney fires was Wirral, while St Helens and Knowsley had the fewest.
The statistics were disclosed to Mr Soot Chimney Sweep by Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service under the Freedom of Information Act.
Commenting on the numbers, Mr Soot Chimney Sweep owner David said: “These figures make for interesting reading.
“All areas, apart from Wirral, had year-on-year increases between 2019 and 2020, but Sefton far outweighs its nearest Merseyside neighbours when looking at the two year total.
“It should also be noted that these are just the reported incidents. Some smaller chimney fires either go undetected, or the property owner/tenant doesn’t deem it necessary to dial 999.
“This means the true number of chimney fires across Merseyside could be much higher.”
Mr Soot Chimney Sweep, which has an office in Liverpool’s historic Baltic Triangle and serves the city as well as Sefton, St Helens and Knowsley, published the figures as part of its support for Chimney Fire Safety Week.
The company is posting an article a day on its Facebook and Twitter feeds, in the hope of raising awareness of the dangers of chimney fires across the area.
“The truth is that chimney fires are entirely avoidable,” continued David.
“Regular service and maintenance is key, but it’s also crucial people listen to what their sweep is telling them.
“Our teams give life and property-saving information each day to our customers right across areas such as Sefton, Liverpool, Knowsley and St Helens every day of the week.
“Our message is clear – don’t become a chimney fire statistic. Take action today by booking your sweep.”
Mr Soot Chimney Sweep’s Liverpool office is based on Jamaica Street, L1, and serves Liverpool, Sefton, St Helens and Knowsley. For a prompt, professional and friendly service, call our dedicated Appointments Team on 0151 662 0331.