Increasing numbers of chimney fires across Suffolk have prompted the fire service to issue renewed safety advice.

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Suffolk Fire and Rescue has recommended that chimney are swept regularly, cleaned, and well maintained.

“All chimneys and flue-ways should be cleaned and checked during the summer months to ensure they are free from debris and in full working order before the heating season,” a spokesman said.

“A blocked or defective chimney can cause both chimney fires and carbon monoxide poisonings so it’s very important to employ a professional qualified Chimney Sweep such as those certified by NACS.”

Households are also being urged to always use a fire guard and to ensure fires are extinguished before going to bed or leaving the house.

For more information and safety tips, visit: www.suffolk.gov.uk/emergency-and-safety/fire-and-rescue-service/prevention-community-fire-safety

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