There is a reason that National Chimney Safety Week is scheduled each year before the start of the burn season. Though fall started a few weeks ago, the weather has still been warm. Much of the U.S. hasn’t seen the need to light a fire yet and there is still time to make sure your chimney is ready for a fire!
Most Americans know more about college football stats than they do about chimney and fire safety and statistics. National Chimney Safety Week was created to advance public awareness while educating and certifying industry professionals. We don’t only want to provide expert services to keep your chimney and fireplace working safely and properly, but to also raise awareness about the importance of these services to lower frequency of chimney fire incidents in our communities and nationwide.
Chimney Maintenance for Safer Chimneys
The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and the Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA) agree that the safest and most efficient chimneys are those that are cleaned and inspected on a regular basis. Your chimney system should be inspected every 12 months. This will help to prevent chimney leaks, damaged parts, costly repairs, and more. It’s during a chimney inspection that a professional will notice problems that a homeowner wouldn’t even know to look for. Additionally, a chimney sweep will mean that your system works properly, airflow is optimal, fires light and burn more easily, and you will have fewer odors and problems while the fire is out.
Fire Prevention Week
National Chimney Safety Week is immediately followed by NFPA’s Fire Prevention Week, October 6th through 12th. This is a time that communities come together to learn about fire prevention of all types. Nearly all fires can be prevented, and it’s our goal and the goal of professionals across a variety of industries to help bring awareness to the public. Campers, brick-and-mortar houses, apartments, hotels, dorms, high-rise condos, manufactured homes, and more—they’re all at risk of fire. No matter where you live, what your heat source is, or how you cook your meals, you may be at risk of fire. Check out the safety tip sheets to help prepare your family for safety now.
Fire Prevention Week is a great time to educate children and prepare your family for a fire incident. Not all fires are preventable, but preparation saves lives. During a typical home fire, you may only have one to two minutes to escape safely after a smoke alarm sounds. If there is no smoke alarm, that time is cut drastically short. The best way to keep your family safe is to prevent what you can and prepare for the worst.
- Schedule important chimney maintenance
- Schedule chimney repairs
- Install carbon monoxide and smoke detectors
- Make a home escape plan and practice it
If you’re not certain that your chimney is in the best shape possible, make a call today.
Call West Texas Chimney today at 806-358-0817 today.