Chimney fires don’t have to happen.
Here are some ways to avoid them:
What to Do if You Have a Chimney Fire.
- Have your
chimney inspected annually by a qualified professional and cleaned when necessary.
- Use seasoned woods
only (dryness is more important than hard wood versus soft wood considerations).
- Build smaller, hotter
fires that burn more completely and produce less smoke.
- Never burn cardboard boxes, wrapping paper, trash
or Christmas trees; these can spark a chimney fire.
- Install stovepipe thermometers to help monitor flue
temperatures where wood stoves are in use, so you can adjust burning practices as needed.
- Inspect and
clean catalytic combustors on a regular basis, where applicable.
If you realize a chimney fire is occurring, follow these steps:
- Get everyone out of the house, including
- Call the fire department.
If you can do so without risk to yourself, these additional
steps may help save your home. Remember, however, that homes are replaceable, lives are not:
- Put a chimney fire
extinguisher into the fireplace or wood stove.
- Close the glass doors on the fireplace.
the inlets on the wood stove.
- Use a garden hose to spray down the roof (not the chimney) so the fire won’t
spread to the rest of the structure.
For more chimney safety tips, visit the Chimney Safety Institute of America.