To prevent fires:
- do not light fires using flammable liquids such as petrol or paraffin
- do not burn paper or rubbish on fires in the grate
- do not overload the fire with fuel
- do use a spark guard when the fire is unattended to prevent embers setting fire to furnishings or carpets
- do go into the loft occasionally to check the chimney when the fire is alight. Check for smoke from cracks, defective brickwork or mortar joints.