Fireplace safety

The fireplace may be a happy spot for the family to gather ‘round. But did you know that fireplaces and chimneys caused 27,200 residential fires in the United States in 2008—and that those blazes caused $147.6 million in property damage and 10 fatalities?

Statistics like these drive home the importance of scheduling an annual chimney inspection. An inspector can check for one big culprit of chimney fires—creosote, which is a thick, gummy substance that’s a byproduct of burning wood.

Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA) for additional information and resources regarding Chimney Safety. To locate a CSIA-certified chimney sweep in your area, check out the CSIA home page.