Keep the Fire You Want from Starting One You Don’t
Chimney fires don’t have to
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.
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.
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.
- Close the inlets on the wood stove.
a garden hose to spray down the roof (not the chimney) so the fire won’t spread to the rest of the structure.
more chimney safety tips, visit the Chimney Safety Institute of America.