During the winter months Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) is issuing safety advice to householders regarding wood burning and solid fuel heating systems.
Every year, SFRS is called out to respond to a number of incidents involving these types of heating systems.
Their website has a host of information which could prevent a fire in your home and the service is urging people to visit the page, which can be found at www.firescotland.gov.uk/your-safety/winter-safety/wood-burningsolid-fuel-stoves.aspx.
SFRS group manager Rab Middlemiss said: “With the price of fuel constantly fluctuating it is understandable that many people will consider other alternatives to gas and electric.
“Wood burning stoves are becoming more and more popular, but we would just like to remind householders who have these types of heating systems that there are things you can do to ensure you are as safe as possible.”
Chimneys and flues serving solid fuel appliances should be swept regularly.
Mr Middlemiss added: “Only use the fuel recommended by the solid fuel appliance manufacturer. Household refuse must not be burnt. We would also discourage the use of wet wood as it can cause a build-up in the flue and ultimately a chimney fire.”