The weather is starting to get colder here in Eastern PA and winter is around the corner. Now is a great time to check your fireplaces, wood/ coal / gas stoves, furnaces and chimneys. An issue with the structure of each of these elements could result in some serious safety hazards including contaminated air and fires.
Check out these facts and tips from The Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA) and The US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) about chimney safety and how to keep your home and family safe this winter:
– According to the CPSC 200 people are killed each year from carbon monoxide poisoning caused by chimney ventilation problems.
– Exposure to carbon monoxide symptoms may often be mistaken for other common winter ailments such as headache, nausea, dizziness, fatigue and seasonal depression.
– A chimney/ fireplace that hasn’t been properly inspected and cleaned could contribute to carbon monoxide leaking into the home or even cause a serious fire.
– To avoid these issues have your chimney inspected annually by a certified chimney sweep.
– Other ways to avoid chimney fires:
- Use seasoned wood, using dry wood is important
- Build smaller hotter fires that burn completely and produce less smoke
- Never burn cardboard, wrapping paper, trash or Christmas trees
- Install stove pipe thermometers
- Inspect your chimney for buildup on a regular basis
For more information please visit CSIA online or the CPSC online.
The Seltzer Group with locations in Orwigsburg, Pottsville and Schuylkill Haven Pennsylvania serves individuals and business locally, regionally and on the national level. The Seltzer Group is a proud member of the Keystone Insurers Group.