Over 25,000 chimney fires occur every year in the US. More than $120,000,000 is spent on the repairs annually. Many deaths and injuries result from chimney fires across the country. Is there a way to deal with chimney fire or even prevent it in the first place? Let’s find that out.
How to deal with chimney fire?
Call the fire department right away. Try to get everyone away from the fire. Make sure everyone is safe from the fire. Only then you may try to cut your chimney’s air supply. You can do it by closing the damper on your chimney. Close any kind of fire grate you have and leave the home immediately. Once outside, you can spray your roof with a garden hose. This will help prevent the roof from catching fire. After the fire is put out, check the wall temperature around the house for the next hour. Make sure nothing else stars to burn.
Chimney fires tend to happen again if you don’t take any necessary measures to prevent them before they happen. Call BR Masonry right after the fire took place. We can determine where the fire started and deal with the problem.
How to prevent a chimney fire?
Here is some advice from BR Masonry that will help you keep your chimney safe from catching the fire in the first place.
Only use dried or seasoned wood in your chimney. It usually takes about half a year for wood to dry out and be ready to burn.
Try to burn more larger logs and less smaller ones.
Never use gasoline or kerosene while lighting your chimney. Use newspapers or kindling.
Never burn boxes made of cardboard or a Christmas tree.
Regularly call chimney professionals to inspect your chimney. BR Masonry’s experts can do cleaning to remove the excess creosote from chimney walls. We will make sure it’s safe to start a fire in your chimney.
How much damage chimney fire usually causes?
It all depends on the type of chimney and the fire’s strength. In masonry chimneys the fire can damage the chimney itself. It’s structure and walls may collapse or crack. Chimney fires go up to 2000 degrees, which is enough to melt metals.
Prefabricated chimneys are usually tested in the making process, but it does not guarantee that it will stay safe all the time. High temperatures can damage the metal liner. Be sure to replace it after the chimney fire to be able to use your chimney again.
It’s very important to prevent chimney fire, because you never know what kind of damage may be caused after it starts. Its better to call chimney professionals at least once a year to find our your chimney’s weak spots.
BR Masonry’s experts know everything about chimney safety. Contact us or give us a call at (609) 686-5577 to schedule your annual chimney inspection. We will also give you advice on how to prevent the fire in the first place.