There is no question about it, fires are extremely dangerous and we must do everything in our power to prevent them. Believe it or not, one of the most common types of fires is a chimney fire. Please keep in mind that chimney fires can, and often times do, go past the chimney. They can easily spread to the roof, walls near the chimney, and any other part of the home.
The good news is that although chimney fires can create a lot of damage, they are easily preventable. Following the tips below will help to protect your chimney and home from having a damaging fire.
1. Once a year have your chimney inspected by a certified chimney sweep. They will make sure that there is no damage to the fire walls, ie: cracks and holes. http://www.superiorchimney.net/14-point-fireplace-chimney-inspections.html
2. Once a year have the chimney swept by a certified chimney sweep. The chimney sweep will clean any dirt, debris and creosote out of the flue. They will also let you know if they notice anything within the chimney that needs to be fixed. http://www.superiorchimney.net/fireplace-chimney-sweeps.html
3. Be sure to only burn seasoned wood. Wet wood can cause more creosote to build up.
4. Install a chimney cap. This will help prevent animals, nesting and debris from getting into the chimney. http://www.superiorchimney.net/chimney-caps.html
5. Always use a fireplace screen. This will help prevent sparks from popping out of the fireplace and into your home.
6. Be sure that all of the smoke detectors in your home are working properly. If a fire does break out you want to be sure that everyone is out of the house as quickly and safely as possible.
Please call us if you have any questions or concerns! We can be reached at 877-CHIM-FIX (877-244-6349).