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Smoke logged property due to blocked chimney, Wallasey

Saturday, 16 February 2019
Earlston Road, Wallasey
Firefighters attended an address on Earlston Road in Wallasey on Saturday 16th February.

Crews were alerted at 10.12pm and were on scene at 10.21pm. Two fire engines attended.

On arrival crews found the property had become smoke logged as a result of a neighbouring property’s chimney becoming blocked.

Crews administered oxy therapy to one person who was complaining of headaches and feeling nauseous. Crews tested both properties for carbon monoxide but all readings came back clear.

Four people were taken to hospital for precautionary checks.

Crews left the scene at 11.21pm.


Chimneys should be swept according to the type of fuel being used:
• Smokeless fuels – at least once a year
• Bituminous coal – at least twice a year
• Wood – quarterly when in use
• Oil – once a year
• Gas – once a year

Things to consider:
Keep chimneys, flues and appliances clean and well maintained
• Be careful when using open fires to keep warm. Make sure you always use a fire guard to protect against flying sparks from hot embers
• Ensure the fire is extinguished before going to bed or leaving the house
• Never interrupt the air supply by blocking air vents or air bricks
• Avoid slumbering an appliance (unless it has been tested as safe to do so). Slumber mode is when an appliance is purposely set at a low or minimum output normally for overnight burning to be revived in the morning without the need for relighting.
• Chimneys that have been lined still require regular sweeping
• Make sure you have a carbon monoxide alarm fitted

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