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Published on Monday, 4th November 2019

Homeowners urged to check out solid fuel appliances

As winter approaches Hambleton homeowners are being urged to check their solid fuel burning stoves.

Many appliances may not have been used over the summer and may be prone to blockages or be defective due to lack of maintenance – and if not working  correctly carbon monoxide can be released having possible fatal consequences on the occupiers of the property.

“The colourless, odourless and tasteless gas can be hard to detect,” said Councillor Stephen Watson, Portfolio Holder for Environmental Health, Waste and Recycling.

“It can cause headaches, dizziness, nausea, breathlessness, collapse and eventually loss of consciousness. 

“Having the chimney swept will help make sure the flue is sufficiently clear to allow dangerous fumes to escape it also helps avoid chimney fires. It’s recommended to get the chimneys swept every year and more often if heavily used. This can cost between £45 - £90 depending on where you live. The chimney sweep can advise you on corrective action should any problems  be found.

“We often get complaints about smoking appliances affecting neighbouring properties, either through open windows or  smoke coming through a party walls and these problems are usually caused from blockages, smoke leaks and inadequate ventilation.”

  • Private sector landlords are now required to install a carbon monoxide alarm in any room where solid fuel is used as well as a smoke alarm on every floor of  the property used as living accommodation.

The council has created a guidance leaflet for owners on how to maintain an appliance, common problems that can occur and solutions – Home Heating using solid fuels

Further advice can also be obtained from a local chimney sweep.

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