Chimney Fire Safety
Keep the Fire You Want from Starting One You
Chimney fires don’t have to happen.
Here are some ways to avoid
to Do if You Have a Chimney Fire.
- Have your chimney inspected annually
by a qualified professional and cleaned when necessary.
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.
- Never burn cardboard boxes, wrapping paper, trash or Christmas
trees; these can spark a chimney fire.
stovepipe thermometers to help monitor flue temperatures where wood stoves are in use, so you can adjust burning practices
- 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 not:
- 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.
a garden hose to spray down the roof (not the chimney) so the fire won’t spread to the rest of the structure.