The Lowdown on Smoke Control Areas

Some areas of the UK have measures in place in order to control the gases which are released into the atmosphere. After all, it is no secret that burning coal isn’t the best thing for our environment. In fact, you can actually be fined up to £1,000 if you choose to ignore the guidelines that have been put in place by the government. Read on as the Pearson Sweep team go over everything you need to know about smoke control areas…

What and Why

Following the Great Smog of London in 1952, the government introduced the Clean Air Act of 1956 in order to tackle the damage that air pollution was creating. One of the measures of the act included the implementation of Smoke Control Areas in many towns and cities across the UK. This means that property owners are only allowed to burn smokeless fuels in order to reduce pollution. In fact, many of these places are still considered a smoke control area in 2018.

Local Council

Since there are very strict rules in place regarding who can and cannot burn regular bituminous coal, it is important that you check whether your town or city is considered a smoke control area. After all, taking a risk is not worth the fines! Luckily, all you have to do is get in contact with your local council and they should be able to tell you everything you need to know.

The Rules

If your town or city is considered a smoke control area, it is important that you follow the guidelines when it comes to home fires. For example, you are only allowed to burn anthracite, semi-anthracite, gas or low volatile steam coal unless you are using an exempt appliance such as boilers, cookers and stoves. Interestingly, you are still allowed to have a garden bonfire when you live in a smoke control area.

Whether you burn regular bituminous coal or are required to source smokeless coal due to government regulations, it is important that you have your chimney swept on a regular basis. After all, soot and creosote will continue to build up inside the flue and if it is left to settle then it can result in a dangerous chimney fire. To find out more information, get in contact with the best chimney sweep in Manchester and speak to a member of the Pearson Sweep team today!

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