Chimney fires in Lancashire soared by more than 30% in just ONE YEAR.
Figures obtained by Mr Soot Chimney Sweep showed that incidents jumped from 59 in 2019 to 78 in 2020.
It means that, on average, there were five chimney fires PER MONTH across the whole two year period.
The most chimney fires were recorded in Lancaster, followed by Wyre. The lowest number – just one – was recorded in Burnley.
The statistics were obtained by Mr Soot Chimney Sweep following a Freedom of Information Act request to Lancashire fire chiefs.
The company has published the figures for some of the areas it serves as part of its support for Chimney Fire Safety Week.
The national campaign aims to raise awareness about the dangers of chimney fires.
Mr Soot owner David said: “Although Lancashire is a large county, it is very worrying to see such a big year-on-year increase.
“Chimney fires rarely happen by accident. They are usually caused through neglect, either at the installation stage, or by lack of sweeping, servicing and maintenance.
“It’s important everyone with a working fireplace engages the services of a professional, registered chimney sweep.
“Not only should a sweep clean your chimney, but a professional sweep will take the time to give you important feedback on your burning habits, as well as hints and tips on how to ensure you stay as safe as possible.
“For less than the price of a cup of coffee per week, you can have this bespoke service in your home and the peace of mind that comes with it.”
Mr Soot covers the West Lancashire and Chorley areas of Lancashire. To make a booking, call 0800 054 1154 or click here.