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Prevent heating fires in your home

Posted by Scott Stueber, CPCU, CISR, AAI on Oct 29, 2013 10:34:00 AM

Colder temperatures are here, so many of us will begin using our fireplaces. There’s nothing more relaxing than settling in front of a warm fire with a good book on a chilly fall night. However, before you light your first fire for the season, you should have your fireplace inspected. A proper inspection will identify potential defects, as well as creosote buildup.

Creosote is a black residue that travels up the chimney and builds up on the flue whenever you light a fire. Many consider a creosote fire in the chimney one of the most dangerous because it can spread quickly, severely damaging or destroying your entire home within minutes.

The infographic includes:

  1. Statistics on heating fires;
  2. The time of day heating fires typically occur; and
  3. Eight tips to prevent residential fires.

Here are links to blogs I wrote last year. The first blog includes more information about creosote buildup and what contributes to that buildup. The second blog has tips for hiring a reputable chimney sweep in your community.

A clean chimney can save your home and your family!

Hiring a reputable chimney sweep can save time and money, not to mention your home!

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Fire Safety Tips Infographic

Topics: Fire Safety

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