Do you have a gas fire that is vented into an old chimney?
Do you have adequate protection against birds dropping twigs etc. down the chimney?
Old fashioned chimney pots may be in keeping with your homes design but a fire that burns fossil fuel and is vented through an old fashioned chimney is a risk if it is not covered by a bird proof grill.
Chimney fires are on the rise and can cause considerable worry and concern as well as damage to your property and that of neighbours. Chimneys should be swept at least once a year, more often if you are burning wood. A bird proof cowl or grill should cover the chimney terminal.
The biggest concern of all is CO2 leaking back into your room. This is an odourless, colourless, tasteless killer. The symptoms present like a heavy cold or flu and as such the cause some times goes unnoticed.
CO2 is a killer.
Do not take the risk.
Have a professional fit your appliances
Have your chimney swept at least once a year
Protect the terminal with bird proof grills
Have gas appliances serviced once a year
Fit a CO2 alarm