Preventing Chimney Fires
Chimney fires destroy thousands of homes every year. The fact that you are on this website means you are taking the first important step towards making your home safe from chimney fires: getting your chimney cleaned on a regular basis. Remember; if you heat primarily with wood, one cleaning a year may not be enough.
According to the most recent statistics from the Consumer Products Safety Division, an average of 25,100 chimney fires are responsible for 30 deaths and $126.1 million in property damage on average each year. Don’t become a statistic! It is due to the excessive buildup of creosote the chimney fires occur. Creosote buildup is a normal by-product of wood burning. Therefore it is necessary to have your chimney cleaned at least once a year in order to maintain a clean running system and to prevent chimney fires.
Here are some additional steps to take to reduce the risk of chimney fires:
- Always start fires hot, and bring thermometer temperature to at least 650F twice a day. Hot fires reduce creasote.
- Buy seasoned wood and check your wood with a moisture meter. We stock inexpensive models.
- A quality chimney cap not only helps prevent embers from leaving your chimney, but prevent debris such as branches, leaves etc from entering and causing a constriction.
- Get your old or damaged chimney relined. With our state-of-the-art digital video inspection system we can inspect your entire chimney for cracks, holes and missing mortar.
What do I do if I get a chimney fire?
With proper maintenance, and following the above steps, your risk of ever having a major chimney fire are greatly reduce. However, if it happens to you, this link has some advice.