September 27th through October 3rd is National Chimney Safety Week. Designed to educate homeowners on the potential dangers of their fireplaces, our professionals at Seacoast Chimney are taking this time to delve in. While our extensive range of chimney services is certainly an excellent step in the right direction, understanding what your chimney requires is a must.
Here, we’re providing you with a few facts and tips to ensure your family remains safe this chimney season.
Facts and Statistics:
According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, wood stoves, fireplaces, and chimney assemblies are estimated to be associated with approximately 100,000 residential fires annually. Such fires can result from poorly constructed or damaged masonry chimneys, poor installation of factory-built chimneys, or creosote ignition. If you’re not familiar, creosote is a tar-like residue that accumulates over time and is caused by low temperature fires.
- Chimney fires can reach a high temperature of 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit.
- The leading cause of chimney fires is the buildup of creosote.
- Many chimney fires go undetected.
- Signs that you may have small, undetected fires include cracks in the masonry, discolored chimney caps, warped metal, and creosote flakes.
To reduce the risk of fire, it is highly recommended that homeowners utilize local and professional chimney services to inspect, sweep, and make needed repairs annually.
Chimney Fire Safety Week was first introduced in 2009. Intending to reduce residential chimney fires and save families from devastation, the experts at Seacoast Chimney are here to do our part. Please contact our office today to schedule your annual chimney sweep.
A chimney sweep is one of the most essential chimney services you could invest in.
Of course, there are many recommended services depending on the age and masonry of your fireplace. However, a chimney sweep always tops the list. Clearing ash, soot, creosote, and other debris from the chimney flue, a sweep ensures your chimney is safe for operation.
If your chimney is overdue for regular chimney services, it’s time to give Seacoast Chimney a call. Don’t wait until devastation happens. Protect your home today with a simple call to (800) 354-2751.