Fire Marshal: Fireplaces and Stoves Require Inspection, Cleaning

Chimneys need to be examined and cleaned regularly to prevent chimney fires, according to the county fire marshal.

Editor's note: The following information comes from Chester County Chief Fire Marshal Harrison “Digger” Holt via Chester County Department of Emergency Services.

County Fire Marshal’s Office advises now is the time to get your fireplace chimney checked

West Chester, PA _ The Chester County Fire Marshal’s Office reminds residents to be careful while using their fireplaces and woodstoves during this Winter season. Chimneys should be examined regularly for any creosote buildup that would result in a possible damaging chimney fire.

Chimneys should be inspected and cleaned by a reputable company at the beginning of the heating season and more often if the unit is used on a regular basis. Metal chimneys should be inspected for any damage to the metal and to make sure all connections are secure. Masonry chimneys in addition to the firebox should be inspected for any cracks to the masonry or damaged mortar joints. The interior of the chimney should be inspected for any damage.

Any blockage in the chimney would cause deadly Carbon Monoxide to enter the living space of the home while in use, which may result in making the occupants sick or cause death.

Have a Safe Holiday Season !!

Regina DiLabbio Klugh King December 04, 2012 at 07:52 PM
Thank you for this information. I have been a nervous Nelly about the wood stove & its chimney since we moved in TWO YEARS AGO. Now I know my instinct to have it examined is on point! And with Santa coming only a few weeks away, I'd better have the big chimney cleaned out, too!


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