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Chimney Sweeping During COVID-19

I have encountered many questions surrounding the subject of continuing to work during the COVID-19 pandemic.

While it may not be deemed to be an essential service, there have been a number of reported chimney fires through news channels. A quick search on the news for chimney fires on google showed me more than a a dozen chimney fires in the past week. These are only reported chimney fires that have resulted in the fire service being called out to.

With the recent cold weather, it seems likely that wood burning stoves and open fires will be used with more frequency, this along with people working from home not wanting to heat the whole of their home with traditional central heating.


As a chimney sweep I have a duty of care to myself, my clients and my family.


As you will probably know, sweeping a chimney will more than likely involve entering clients homes to undertake the work.


With this in mind I have taken precautions when undertaking chimney sweeping during these uncertain times:


  • I have completed a COVID-19 Workplace Preparedness Training course to better understand the risks to both my clients and myself.

  • I have brought in a new software that will allow my clients to know when I will be arriving to their home to undertake the sweep. My clients can track my progress right to their door if they so wish.

  • I will be wearing a half face respirator mask (P3 filter) throughout my visit.

  • All surfaces will be wiped down with disinfectant upon completion of the chimney sweep.

  • Sweeping certificates will be emailed to clients to minimise contact (also environmentally friendly).

  • Payment can be made by bank transfer or card. I carry a card machine which can be used in a socially distanced way.


I will be asking clients to 'do their bit' by:


  • Leaving the room I will be working in well ventilated.

  • Removing all objects (furniture, ornaments, logs etc.) from the hearth area.

  • Allowing a clear access from the front door to the room with the fireplace.

  • Ensuring access available to a plug socket (providing extension lead if required).

  • To respectfully socially distance (2m) at all times. I would request that the room is vacated during visit.

If you would like to make a booking or have any questions please feel free to call on 07599801405 or email at info@rjlchimneys.co.uk





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