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Fire & Water - Cleanup & Restoration

Dirty Chimneys Pose a Fire Hazard in Burlington County NJ

1/16/2022 (Permalink)

There are more than 70,000 house fires annually causing more than $1.3B in property damage and over 2,500 injuries, including Burlington County NJ.

 According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), chimney fires were the cause in approximately 30 percent of house fires. 

A dirty chimney can cause hazardous smoke, which can lead to a serious risk of carbon monoxide and chimney fire.  This is a normal occurrence to any chimney that has not had routine maintenance.  Here are a few tips to follow when preparing your chimney for use, especially in the winter.

  • Have your chimney inspected annually by a Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA)-certified chimney sweep. Have a professional clean and repair the chimney as needed, especially before the cold months, when you will be using it frequently.
  • Use seasoned wood only. Never burn green or damp wood.
  • Never burn cardboard boxes, wrapping paper, trash or trees in your fireplace—these can all spark chimney fires.

Signs & Results of a Chimney Fire

According to the Chimney Safety Institute of America, there are four key signs of a fire in the chimney:

  • A deep rumbling, like a distant freight train
  • Popping and cracking sounds
  • Large amounts of thick smoke exiting the chimney
  • A hot, intense odor

Do the smart thing.   Keep your family and home safe with a professional cleaning by a certified chimney sweep once or twice a year.  It should only take 45 min to an hour to complete.

SERVPRO of Bordentown/ Pemberton specializes in fire & water damage restoration in Burlington & Mercer Counties.  We have extensive fire damage training, and we are the trusted leader in the restoration industry.  Call 609-894-8555.

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