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It All Starts With A Spark!

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With Bonfire Night on the horizon, it’s a good time to remember the fifth of November  to check your home for potential fire risks.

There’s nothing like cosying up in your home by a wood burning fire, however a poorly fitted wood burner could be a potential fire risk.

Since April 2005, most installations of solid fuel and wood appliances and systems (for example multi fuel and wood burning stoves) require building regulation approval. Alternatively the installation can be carried out by a HETAS registered installer, who will provide you with a compliance certificate evidencing the installation complies with building regulations.  All HETAS registered installers are listed on their website here.

The chimney itself is also a risk. During 2019/20 there were 3,130 chimney fires in the UK so it’s not surprising the experts recommend chimneys should be swept at least twice a year before the start of the heating season and at the end.

To ensure the safety of you and your family all houses should have a Carbon Monoxide alarm fitted. Current building regulations make it compulsory to fit an alarm when a new or replacement stove is fitted in a dwelling. Any fuel-burning appliance that is malfunctioning or improperly installed will trigger a carbon monoxide alarm.

Apart from the obvious risks, failure to comply with the above may lead to difficulties in selling your home and may invalidate your buildings insurance.

We all take care with fireworks and sparklers on bonfire night and the same should apply to fire risks inside your home.

Jenny Woodruff

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Jenny Woodruff

Partner

Jenny is a Partner and head of the Residential Conveyancing Team. She has extensive knowledge of the conveyancing process, including: dealing with freehold and leasehold sales & purchases; new build purchases; remortgages; transfers of equity; shared ownership; help to buy transactions & general property advice.