Chimney blaze warning issued

South Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Service.
South Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Service.
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If you’re hoping for a visit from Santa firefighters suggest you make sure your chimney is swept clean.

Any obstructions could mean that, not only does Father Christmas have a perilous journey, but that your home is at risk of a fire at this particularly cold and busy time of year.

Chimney fires have accounted for 80 calls to the fire and rescue service this year, which is 12 more than in 2011. Anyone who uses a coal or wood fire is recommended to sweep their chimney regularly and always use a fireguard to protect against flying sparks from hot embers.