Chimney Fires all to common in Edmonton
Having your Chimney Swept once per year will keep it operating correctly and efficiently but it will also help prevent chimney fires. In Canada and the US it is reported that over 30,000 chimney fires occur each year due to un-maintained chimneys.
It is folk lore in Europe that stocks nesting in chimneys are good luck but really nesting in chimneys is very bad luck and can cause a chimney fire if not found before using your fireplace. Blockages of any kind in the chimney can cause multiple issues such as fires, carbon monoxide poisoning, and smoke problems in the home.
Most of the chimney fires could have been prevented by having a chimney sweep clean the system before the heating season. When a chimney is cleaned it is also inspected for any cracks or structural damage that may have occurred between the heating season. The chimney cap, flue, damper are also checked to make sure they function properly and that there are no blockages in the system.
Both CSIA (Chimney Safety Institute of America)and NFPA (National Fire Protection Association) recommend that your chimney be inspected yearly and if necessary cleaned.
Chimney fires can occur in any solid fuel burning appliance not just your fireplace, make sure to have all appliances checked yearly, all of these appliances produce carbon monoxide and it is a good idea to have the proper protection in your home with a carbon monoxide detector installed to warm of potential danger. Remember that Carbon monoxide is odorless and tasteless that is why it is called the silent killer. A regular chimney inspection can help prevent carbon monoxide from entering your home in the first place.
Make it a habit when the leaves start to fall that you have your chimney inspected, make it part of your fall maintenance program or even have a yearly contract with a chimney sweep company call you in the fall and book your inspection in. A chimney sweep is a great investment in your home and sometimes required by your insurance company to keep your coverage current.
Don’t become another family that is displaced from their home and belongings because of chimney fires, protect yourself with an annual chimney inspection and install a carbon monoxide detector in your home.
Home Pros Edmonton offers chimney sweep services call 780-455-1133. In Fort McMurray call Home Pros at 780-747-1275.