Come On, Baby, Light My Fire Safely

September 26, 2010

Welcome to National Chimney Safety Week!

This week, from September 26 through October 2, was set aside to encourage homeowners to get their chimneys checked before using their fireplaces and wood stoves this season.

It's recommended that you get your chimney checked annually.

Dirty chimneys can cause chimney fires, which can cause serious damage to your home.

One of the most common causes of chimney fires is a buildup of creosote.

When you light a fire in a stove or fireplace, the chimney takes out the by-products that are given off when the wood burns. As these substances leave the hot fire and move up the cool chimney, condensation occurs. This creates a black residue that sticks to the inner walls of the chimney. That’s creosote.

Creosote is highly flammable. If enough builds up, it will catch fire inside the chimney flue and you’ll have a chimney fire.

Homeowners should have their chimneys checked by a pro once a year. The National Chimney Sweep Guild (NCSG) says homeowners should do their homework before hiring a professional chimney sweep. NCSG members have access to the latest training and equipment use in the industry and have verifiable memberships, credentials and insurance.

To find an NCSG member company, visit

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