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More than half of all fires are caused by heating systems and boilers

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUAs weather gradually becomes colder, the number of accidents related to fire double in numbers.

ERGO insurance association and State Fire and Rescue Service confirm that more than half of fires in private properties are related to malfunctions of heating systems and boilers. The most often reasons for these malfunctions include damaged chimneys and non-compliance with safety regulations.

«Accidents caused by fires are traditionally more destructive and cause a lot of damage. The average insurance claim for properties damaged by fire is EUR 11,000,» – says ERGO Insurance Remuneration Office manager Ivars Vismanis.

Even though it is advised to prepare homes for the heating season in spring, it is not too late to perform a full inspection in early autumn. Head of Chimney Cleaners’ Brotherhood Maris Bambis reports that there is still a lot of work ahead: «It is in human nature to leave everything until the last moment. This also applies to maintenance of chimneys – everyone has other priorities during spring: vacation, travel, etc.» This is why he urges residents to pay attention to the quality of chimney cleaning to make sure the chimney is not blocked by anything. Surface or improper cleaning of chimneys and boilers can increase the risk of a fire.

«It is also often the case when heating systems are installed without involvement of professionals – chimneys installed dangerously close to different constructions that are vulnerable to fire. As winter comes, however, furnaces are often overheated, which significantly increases the risk of fires,» – notes Vismanis.

Dust and other filth that accumulates in chimneys is not the only factor to consider. Dead birds, that often try to set up nests on top of chimneys, are also a dangerous factor. All kinds of waste – bottles and food packages – are also often found blocking chimneys. Specialists remind residents that any item found blocking chimneys poses a potential threat.

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