FIRE crews have been busy battling more chimney fires across the county this weekend.

Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service responded to two reports of chimney fires in Swanage and Longburton on Saturday. 

Swanage Fire Station were called out at 6.48pm and two crews extinguished a fire at a home using a chimney kit and a thermal imaging camera.

Sherborne Fire Station were called out at 7.30pm to a chimney fire in Longburton.

The fire crew assisted with the removal of debris from the chimney too.

At 8.30pm on Sunday evening a crew from Blandford extinguished a chimney fire at a house in Winterborne Whitchurch. 

As more people light fires for the winter season, here is Dorset & Wiltshire Fire Service's tips for chimney safety:

Chimneys should be swept:

*At least once a year when using smokeless fuels

*At least once a year when using bituminous coal

*Every three months when burning wood

*Once a year when using oil

*Once a year when using gas

The following safety advice should always be followed when lighting an open fire or woodburning stove:

*Don’t use flammable liquids such as petrol or paraffin to light your fire

*Don’t burn excessive amounts of paper or rubbish

*Don’t overload the fire with fuel

When the fire is alight, check the loft space occasionally to make sure there is no smoke leaking from cracks, defective brickwork or mortar joints.

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