Like all landlords, we have specific duties relating to gas appliances, as set out in The Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1998.
However, there are no similar regulations specifically relating to solid fuel appliances.
But we have a duty, under the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974, to ensure that people not in our employment – our customers – are not exposed to health and safety risks.
We also have a duty to make sure that you are capable of – and are actually carrying out – any ongoing ‘safety critical cleaning’ of your appliance.
Therefore, as with gas appliances, all solid fuel appliances and their connecting chimneys must be regularly maintained.
We take our commitment to your safety very seriously and insist that all solid fuel appliances and their flues are checked regularly in line with the manufacturer’s instructions and current guidance.
- We will arrange for a registered worker to service/inspect your solid fuel appliances every six months; chimneys will also be swept and inspected at the same time
- We will clean the throat plate and all flueways on your boiler as part of the safety check
- We will install an audible carbon monoxide alarm, complying with BS EN 50291-1:2010 and BS50291-2: 2010, into the room containing the solid fuel appliance
- You must never block any permanent ventilation grilles that are fitted in your walls or doors
- You must allow us into your home to carry out the safety checks every six months; it is a health and safety requirement and failure to allow access is a breach of your tenancy agreement.
Safety critical cleaning
As mentioned above, we have a duty to make sure that you are capable of, and actually carrying out, any ongoing safety critical cleaning of your solid fuel appliance.
Throat plate and flueway cleaning
- It is critical that the throat plate and all the appliance flueways is kept clean
- The throat plate should be cleaned at least monthly when burning smokeless fuels
- The throat plate should be cleaned at least once a week, and more frequently if necessary, when burning other fuels
- More soot will be deposited on the throat plate, and in the flueways, if the appliance is run at low levels for long periods. If this is the case then more frequent cleaning will be necessary.