There really is nothing like a warming fire on a winter's eve. As you add logs to the flames, the sparks rise up and it provides such a comforting experience but this could be very misleading as over 24,000 home fires a year are connected directly to chimneys resulting in over $30.8 million dollars in property loss and deaths.

The Dangers of Chimneys

Dirty chimneys can cause chimney fires, which damage structures, destroy homes and injure or kill people.
* From the the Chimney safety institute of America (CSIA)

If you don't have your chimney cleaned regularly, then you could be putting yourself at risk. That warming image could easily turn into a flammable nightmare. You may have creosote deposits in your chimney liner, or you may even have a birds nest built into your shaft. You will also find that cracks in the ceramic tiles around your chimney can leak carbon monoxide into your home, posing as a definite health risk. Unless you look at the liner inside your chimney, you have no way of telling whether or not you are at risk. This is something you should never do yourself, so it is always important that you hire a professional.

A Complete Chimney Clean

Many people come to us and say "I need to clean my chimney, how do I do this"? The truth is, it is never safe to clean your own chimney, and it could be doing more harm than good. You could risk ash stains on your carpet, and you could also risk damaging your system. Our chimney sweeps will remove any deposits and debris without making any mess. We will also put cloths down over your carpet, before using a powerful vacuum system to remove any ash that might have escaped.

Safety tips to prevent home fires / (compiled from variety of sources such as CSIA,NFPA and FEMA)

  • Have a professional inspection and cleaning of your chimney or wood stove every year.
  • Remove any debris or any kind of flammable material from the area around the hearth.
  • Metal mesh screen can be placed in front of fireplaces that do not have a glass door.
  • Keep smoke to a minimum by never using flammable liquids to start a fire.
  • Wood logs should be placed well inside the fireplace before igniting the flame.
  • Don't ever burn cardboard boxes or any other kind of trash in your fireplace.
  • Check Batteries of smoke alarms regularly.
  • Have adequate and clean venting systems in place for heating equipment.

  • Educate your children about fire prevention with Sparky the Dog

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