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  • How to Protect Yourself from Carbon Monoxide Poisoning by your Chimney

    How to Protect Yourself from Carbon Monoxide Poisoning by your Chimney

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    Carbon monoxide is often referred to as the silent killer and for good reason. Both odorless and colorless, this gas can cause sudden illness and death. The CDC estimates there are approximately 430 carbon-monoxide related deaths per year in the United States alone.

    One common culprit of carbon monoxide poisoning inside the home is your chimney. This deadly gas is created as a byproduct of the combustion process. Therefore, if you have a fireplace, you must be especially aware of the best practices in carbon monoxide protection and how you can better protect yourself and your family.

    Here are Lindemann Chimney Service’s best tips on how to protect yourself from carbon monoxide poisoning by your chimney:

    • Ensure your fireplace always has proper ventilation and no obstructions blocking the flue.
    • Install a carbon monoxide detector on every floor.
    • Clean your chimney regularly to ensure it’s free of creosote buildup and other blockages.
    • Every carbon monoxide alarm should be placed at least five feet above the ground.
    • Have your chimney inspected yearly. Examiners should pay special attention to cracked firewalls and loose mortar joints.
    • Reduce the buildup in the chimney by burning the right type of wood. Seasoned hardwood is the best option for a clean burning fire.
    • Install a quality chimney cap on the top of the flue. This prevents animals from entering into the chimney and creating blockages with their nests.

    For more information on carbon monoxide protection, visit the Center for Disease Control and Prevention website. This government agency is here to protect people and save lives. At Lindemann Chimney Service, we also value the safety of our customers. Helping keep your chimney and fireplace safe to use is our top priority!

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