It’s Chimney Fire Safety Week 2018 and now is a great time to review, and if needed update your knowledge around chimney fire safety. It’s this time of the year when people once again start to use their fires, often after months of non-use.
This is one of the reasons why Chimney Fire Safety Week is set in early September.
Although chimney fires are falling, there is more than can be done to further reduce such. If you use your chimney, then you should at least have a basic understanding of how they work, and the possible risks and dangers that can arise.
What causes a chimney fire?
How to prevent a chimney fire:
How can you tell you have a chimney fire?
Often you will have no knowledge that you’ve had a chimney fire. A chimney fire can burn for a long time, and significantly raise the temperature inside a flue if there is a lot of tar to burn, which can catch fire with ease. This can cause structural damage due to things like cracked tile flue lining, warped metal flue lining, melted mortar, not to mention heat exchange to ceilings, walls or structural beams near the chimney.
A chimney fire can create damage, which in turn can make cracks and air pathways into the home for carbon monoxide to spread. If damage is not repaired, a small fire in the chimney could easily spread into a devastating house fire.
Below are the telltale signs you’ve had a fire and you may need investigation – don’t just assume as the fire is out now you’re safe.
If you suspect a chimney fire has taken place, you should consult the services of a relevant structural professional, who will be able to investigate and advise further on any damage.