Types of fire

Materials used in building construction will cool down at different rates, therefore unusual noises may be heard during this process.

Chimney Fires

The chimney fires will remain hot for several hours.  As the chimney cools down it is likely to make creaking noises.

  • Put a non-combustible container in the fireplace and half fill with water.  This will catch any hot debris falling from the chimney.
  • Put a fireguard around the fireplace.
  • Don’t relight the fire until you have had the chimney swept.

Vehicle Fires

  • Some vehicle fires can produce toxic by-products that can be dangerous if they come into contact with the skin.  The fire and fire-fighting can also cause parts of the vehicle to become sharp which can result in cuts and abrasions.
    • Do not touch the engine bay of the vehicle involved in fire.
    • Ask the fire service for the incident number.
    • Remove all valuables, important documents and the tax disc.
  • Notify your insurances company of all circumstances as soon as possible.  If your car has been involved in a fire, you will be responsible for removing it from the highway.  The police may call out a local garage on your behalf and remove it, however there will be a charge which is normally covered by your insurance.
  • It is not necessary to notify the police about a car fire unless it happened as a result of a collision or you suspect it was started deliberately.