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Due to the rise in central heating costs, it has been reported by Aviva that 1 in 10 homeowners plan to use real fires to heat them homes, there are concerns that this could be putting their property at risk.

The survey stated that 92% of people are wanting to hear their homes with alternative methods, to reduce their bills. The data reveals that 3 in 5 residents who are planning to use real fires this autumn are ignoring the precautions.

37% of fire users ensure their chimney is swept annually, while a similar proportion said they check whether fuel is suitable for their fire or stove. Just 41% said they make certain their chimney is not blocked or capped off, according to the survey.

Hannah Davidson, senior household underwriting manager for Aviva, said: “It is a real concern that people could be putting so much at risk by not taking simple fire safety steps.”

“We’d urge people to take action now to make sure fireplaces and stoves are safe and suitable if people plan to use them this year.

If you are planning to use the fire in your home, ensure it meets all the safety requirements first.