Wednesday, December 27, 2017
CHESTNUTS ROASTING ON AN OPEN BRIGG FIRE DURING COAL-FIRED CHRISTMASES
One of the boyhood joys of Christmas past in Brigg during the late 1960s and early 1970s was settling down in front of a roaring coal fire to toast crumpets (pikelets) on the end of a long fork and and roast chestnuts among the embers.
That was before the entire council housing stock had central heating installed by Brigg UDC.
These memories were rekindled by the following well-intentioned news release from North Lincolnshire Council, which highlights just how much things have changed since we were a lad...
Be smoke aware this winter
North Lincolnshire Council is asking residents to be neighbourly and think of others when stoking their open fire or wood burning stove this winter.
The Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs has issued a practical guide that shows residents how to reduce environmental and health issues and save money.
Open fires and wood-burning stoves in particular are more popular than ever.
The guidance can be found on the DEFRA website and www.northlincs.gov.uk/smokecontrol
It explains how you can be more fuel efficient, the importance of maintaining your open fire/stove, the law in smoke control areas and about choosing the right appliance, plus what residents can do to help reduce the harmful effects from smoke.
Cllr Rob Waltham (Brigg & Wolds), leader, North Lincolnshire Council, said: “As open fires and wood burning stoves have risen in popularity in recent years, chimneys are churning out more smoke than ever. This has a negative impact on air quality and can cause health problems such as asthma attacks and other health conditions.
“We’re not saying don’t use them, just be considerate to your neighbours. There’s lots of helpful advice on the council and DEFRA website that is there to help you. By doing simple things like burning less fuel and using smokeless fuels where possible or ready to burn fuel, you can be more fuel efficient and save money in the long run.”