You should never reopen and use an old fireplace that has been closed in your home. While it may be tempting, it can be very dangerous. It causes a huge health and safety risk to you and your neighbours.
A fireplace that has been closed for a long time will not have been looked after or cleaned, making it unsafe to use. For example, it may be blocked or cracked.
Using it can:
- cause yours and your neighbours’ homes to catch on fire.
- leak carbon monoxide into your home
For more information please contact your local office