Fireplace Safety Tips | Chimney Fire Statistics & Prevention Information
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  • Important Tips on Chimney Fire Prevention

    Important Tips on Chimney Fire Prevention


    Did you know that home heating is the second leading cause of in-home fires behind cooking? According to an October 2017 report from FEMA, from 2013-2015, an average of 45,900 home heating fires occurred in the United States each of those years. That is a HUGE number!

    Here are a few other startling figures this report shared:

    • Statistics show that heating fires caused an annual average of approximately 205 deaths, 725 injuries and $506 million in property loss.

    • Home heating fires peaked in the early evening hours between 5 and 9 p.m. with the highest peak between 6 and 8 p.m. This four-hour period accounted for an astounding 29% of all home heating fires.

    • Confined fires, such as a chimney fire or fuel burner fire, accounted for 75 percent of home heating fires.

    • Twenty-nine percent of the non-confined home heating fires, ones which spread past the object of origin, occurred because another heat source (like a space heater or fireplace) was too close to things that can burn.

    There is little doubt that it is important to be careful when it comes to managing your Chicago home’s fireplace and chimney.

    Below are four essential tips to remember when it comes to fireplace safety:

    1. Get the Flue Cleaned – Never underestimate the importance of regular cleanings when it comes to chimney fire prevention. Every flue should be swept annually regardless of how often you use it.

    2. Inspect the Chimney – Every part of the chimney needs a good inspection – the inside, the outside, the top and the bottom! Schedule an appointment with a professional to give your flue its yearly checkup.

    3. Keep Flammables Away – It is essential to keep flammables away from the open flames! Paper, Christmas stockings, even little Spot’s puppy toy can all become hazards when they are too close to an open flame. Be aware of what is going on when you are using the fireplace.

    4. Use the Right Fuel – When it comes to firewood, not all types are created equal. In fact, some burn more cleanly than others creating less creosote buildup in the flue. Dense, seasoned hardwoods are the best option when it comes to fueling your fires. Bonus: you will also enjoy a less smoky, longer-lasting fire too!

    At Lindemann Chimney Service, chimney fire prevention is one of our top priorities. We put the health and safety of our customers above all else. That’s why we take our residential chimney services so seriously. Each of our technicians ensures every client receives the most thorough and comprehensive cleaning and inspection possible.

    To protect your family from deadly chimney fires, reserve your appointment with Lindemann today! We now offer convenient online scheduling!

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