Keep chimneys in check warning

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As temperatures drop and the colder months approach, homeowners in Scotland are being warned to keep their chimneys in check to prevent a house fire.

The insurer has warned that wood burning or multi-fuel stoves, which reach high temperatures, can also increase the risk of fire with thatched properties, as they send more live sparks and embers out of the chimney. Homeowners should also avoid burning waste paper on the fire and ensure that they only burn seasoned, correctly stored hardwood and use the stove according to manufacturer instructions.

NFU Mutual has provided a checklist to keep your home safe which includes; Chimneys should be routinely checked or surveyed to ensure that they are structurally sound; Your chimney should be swept by a professional chimney sweep at least twice a year if it is in use frequently or all year round.