10 Tips to Prevent Chimney Fires

Chimney fires account for 75% of home heating fires according to Property Casualty 360. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission’s report states that there were an estimated 22,300 fireplace and chimney fires annually from 2012-2014. These fires resulted in approximately 20 deaths, 60 nonfatal injuries, and $116.4 million in damages annually over that time. Luckily, there are simple steps we can all take to prevent these tragedies in our homes. [Read more…]

Fire Safety: Readying Your Chimney for Winter

Sweeping cleaning a chimney.As the cold weather starts creeping into New England, we start thinking about the warmth and cheer of a good fire. But before you get started with laying down logs, this is a good time for an inspection of your fireplace and chimney. By spending a little time now, you can avoid potential damage to your chimney and stop thousands of dollars of smoke and fire damage to your home due to a chimney disaster. Let’s go over the basics of readying your chimney for winter. [Read more…]