Do you know when the last time that you had your chimney cleaned was? As we enter the winter months, many of us enjoy warming up with a fire in their fireplace. However, a dirty chimney can cause a chimney fire and subsequent damage to the home and potential injury to the homeowners.
Chimney fires are the culprit in approximately 6% of residential home fires. Between 2011 and 2015, there was an accompanying loss of 120 million dollars in property damage in the United States due to chimney fires.
Warnings of a chimney fire include:
- loud cracking and popping noise
- a lot of dense smoke
- an intense, hot smell
- flames or dense smoke coming from the top of the chimney
- a low rumbling sound that reminds them of a freight train or a low flying airplane
How can chimney fires be prevented? The best way to prevent a chimney fire is to have an annual inspection performed by a chimney sweep certified by the Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA). In fact, I completed a quick search of the CSIA website and found nearly 20 certified chimney sweeps that service our zip code. I encourage you to make an appointment for a chimney inspection this winter to prevent a home fire.
In conclusion, the Denton County Emergency Services District #1 is proud to have served our community over the last month with our new name and logos. In September, we responded to 199 calls for service.
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