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CHIMNEY INSPECTION DIAGNOSIS REPAIR
BACKDRAFTING HEATING EQUIPMENT
CARBON MONOXIDE - CO
CHIMNEY CAP & CROWN
CHIMNEY CLEANING PROCEDURES
CHIMNEY COMPONENT DEFINITIONS
CHIMNEY CRACK DETECTION & DIAGNOSIS
CHIMNEY DRAFT & PERFORMANCE
CHIMNEY FIRE ACTION / PREVENTION
CHIMNEY HEIGHT & CLEARANCE CODE
CHIMNEY INSPECTION, FLUE INTERIOR
CHIMNEY LEANING, SEPARATION, MOVEMENT
CHIMNEY REPAIR METHODS
CHIMNEY STAINS & LEAKS
CHIMNEY TYPES & MATERIALS
COAL STOVE OPERATION & SAFETY
DIRECT VENTS / SIDE WALL VENTS
DRAFT HOOD, GAS HEATER
DRAFT REGULATOR, DAMPER, BOOSTER
FIRE CLEARANCES INDOORS
FIREPLACES & HEARTHS
FLUE VENT CONNECTORS
MASONRY CHIMNEY GUIDE
METAL CHIMNEYS & FLUES
SAFETY RECALLS CHIMNEYS VENTS HEATERS
SOOT AT CHIMNEY TOP
STAIN DIAGNOSIS on BUILDING EXTERIORS
WOOD-OIL COMBINATION HEATERS
WOOD STOVE OPERATION & SAFETY
Here are photos and examples of the cause and effects of a chimney fire traced to an unattended woodstove.
Steps to prevent a chimney fire from a fireplace, woodstove, or woodstove or fireplace insert safety include making sure that your metal chimney or "flue" is safe.
"Safe" means clean, properly constructed and installed, using proper materials and proper fire clearances.
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Fireplace Safety Advice from the US Consumer Product Safety Commission - US CPSC Document 5047 - expanded
Know what to do in the event of a chimney fire:
The US CPSC offers some succinct advice to avoid having a costly and dangerous house fire or an unsafe gas leak hazard. Consumer Product Safety Commission Metal Chimneys: Safety Alert CPSC Document #5047 . We have added to the original CPSC information. For a succinct pamphlet on chimney and woodstove safety see
Before Using a Wood Stove, Coal Stove, or Fireplace Insert: Safety Checks
Details about wood stove choices, installation, inspection, repair and safety are now at WOOD STOVE OPERATION & SAFETY.
Excerpts are below.
[Before using your wood stove, coal stove in the coming or current heating season] the US Consumer Product Safety Commission [since 1983 has] strongly urged you, if you have a [wood stove or coal stove] or fireplace connected to a metal chimney, to check for any damage that may have occurred in the past heating season.
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Even when the heating appliance is properly installed, people with both metal and masonry chimney systems should
frequently check the chimney for creosote deposits, soot build-up or physical damage. Details are
The US Consumer Product Safety Commission advises owners of metal woodstove or fireplace insert chimneys to:
If you have had a fire or other safety problem with your chimney, please provide this information to the Commission by calling the Commission's toll-free Hotline 800-638-CPSC.
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