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  • Reminders From Lindemann Chimney Service for National Fire Prevention Week

    Reminders From Lindemann Chimney Service for National Fire Prevention Week

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    How safe will your family be in the event of a fire? This week is National Fire Prevention Week and Lindemann Chimney Service would like to provide you with some very important reminders:

    • Replace all of the batteries in your smoke alarms – they cut the risk of death in half (www.nfpa.org).
    • Make sure you have plenty of smoke alarms in your home in areas like the kitchen, bedrooms, hallways, living rooms, basements and even the garage.
    • If you dont’ have working carbon monoxide detectors, now is the time to get one for each level of your home. If you have one that takes batteries, replace them.
    • Make sure you have plenty of working fire extinguishers that are readily accessible.
    • Have a fire escape plan and make it clear to children that if there is a fire they need to get outside and go to a safe place like a trusted neighbor. Children tend to hide when they are scared and they need to know the importance of being visible, like standing in front of a window, if they can’t exit the home. For more information and to help children understand, click here.
    • Never leave a candle burning. Make sure your family knows the importance of extinguishing the candle. Set an alarm reminder to blow it out. Use a cell phone alarm, kitchen stove alarm or other type of device.

    • Always supervise children when they are cooking in the kitchen. Have a kitchen fire extinguisher that can be quickly reached in case of a fire.
    • And always have your chimney inspected, and cleaned, if necessary, every year as recommended by NFPA and the Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA).
    • In the case of a chimney fire, get out of the home and dial 911. While chimneys seem strong and non-combustible, they are designed to contain flue gasses and not fire. Heat can be transferred to combustibles surrounding the chimney, igniting the structure and also sending smoke and debris into the home. A fireplace which is built to contain fire is many times thicker than a standard chimney.

    While these are some simple reminders, we are concerned for your safety. This blog is meant to entice you to search for more information and inspire you to make your Northern Chicago home a safer place for your family. After all, Fire Prevention Week was established to commemorate the Great Chicago Fire.

    Posted by Karen Stickels Lamansky, Author of Design Ideas for Fireplaces, published by Creative Homeowner Press. Copyright Lindemann Chimney Service, 2010.

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