Keep the Fire You Want from Starting One You Don’t
Chimney fires don’t have to happen.
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
- 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.
- Inspect and clean catalytic combustors
on a regular basis, where applicable
If you realize a chimney fire is occurring, follow these steps:
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
- Get everyone out of the house, including yourself.
- Call the fire department.
For more chimney safety tips, visit the Chimney Safety Institute of America.
- 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.
- Use a garden hose to spray down the roof (not the chimney) so the fire won’t spread to the rest of the structure.