Chimney fires email alert
Firefighters tackled 1,340 chimney fires between 2010 and 2014, including 193 in Ashford.
Now, Kent Fire and Rescue Service (KFRS) is launching a new free, email alert system to help keep people and their homes and businesses safe from chimney fires.
Head of community safety for KFRS, Lee Rose said: “Chimneys can turn into blazing furnaces when they catch fire, causing thousands of pounds worth of damage and putting your home, family and business at risk.
“We’re launching the clean sweep alert system – it’s safe and easy-to-use and you can sign up in seconds.”
The alert will send users a message reminding them to get their chimney cleaned and inspected, making sure it is free from debris before it is lit again.
Sign up at www.kent.fire-uk. org/news/campaigns/cleansweep-alert/