Before You Cozy Up to a Winter Fire: Chimney and Fireplace Safety Tips

The arrival of colder weather is a good time to conduct routine maintenance on your chimney and heating system.

Faulty heating systems are the second leading cause of residential fires. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), 2/3 of those fires are caused by improperly maintained fireplaces, chimneys and wood stoves. There is an average of 22,700 fireplace or chimney fires in the U.S. per year, causing an average of 15 deaths, and total average losses of $112,000,000 annually, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission(CPSC). Most of these losses are preventable with routine fireplace and chimney inspection and maintenance!
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Five Tips For Fireside Safety

The autumn chill signals the start of the fireplace and wood stove seasons. Each year, about 24,300 fireplace-related fires are reported, with a combined $30 million in losses, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission.

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The Fireplace Five

Many homeowners rely on their fireplaces and wood stoves during cold spells.  This increased use leads to more potential hazards. Each year, about 24,300 fireplace-related fires are reported, with a combined $30 million in losses, according to the Consumer Product … Continue reading

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When Chimneys Leave You Cold

This recent Hunterdon County Democrat article, “Majority of Home Heating Fires Occur in Chimneys Left Uncleaned,” highlights several chimney risks, including the fact that unseasoned or wet firewood leaves behind more creosote to burn, thus creating far higher chimney temperatures than … Continue reading

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Stay Warm, But Safe

Improper use or poor maintenance of heating systems can cause fire, puff-backs and smoke damage. Wood-burning fireplaces and stoves are among the worst culprits when it comes to winter house fires. Follow these fire-preventive measures: – Clean chimneys and flues … Continue reading

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