According to the latest statistics available, there are over 25,000 Chimney Fires per year in the US that are responsible for over 125 million dollars in property damage. More than 20% of all house fires are caused by wood burning appliances, and around half of those are related to chimney problems. The best thing you can do to prevent a chimney fire is to keep your chimney clean and have it inspected often. How often should you clean your chimney?
The National Fire Protection Association says, “Chimneys, fireplaces, and vents shall be inspected at least once a year for soundness, freedom from deposits, and correct clearances. Cleaning, maintenance, and repairs shall be done if necessary.”
Here are some photos of a chimney fire taken from a GoPro on a firefighters chest.
500 gallons per minute of water flushing out this chimney fire and dumping into the home, untold damage from both fire and water.
Have your chimney inspected today!