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National Chimney Safety Week Is This Month

Every fall as homeowners begin to use their fireplaces, the Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA) takes the time to remind us of the dangers that can occur inside our chimneys by promoting Chimney Safety Week. As the leading non-profit organization of the National Chimney Safety Week Is This Month - Poughkeepsie NY - All Seasons Chimneychimney industry, the mission statement of the CSIA is to advance public awareness while educating and certifying chimney professionals, and they have designated the last week of September to run their biggest national campaign of the year. Since this campaign is positioned to run directly before National Fire Prevention Week, All Seasons Chimney dedicates the entire month of October to educate the Hudson Valley area on how to prevent chimney fires and other safety hazards. We would like to share with you these important fire safety practice reminders so that you and your family can safely enjoy warm, cozy fires this winter.

Schedule your annual professional chimney maintenance service appointment before you light the first fire of the year.

The CSIA and other national fire safety organizations recommend that homeowners have their chimneys professionally swept and inspected at least once a year to ensure that no safety hazards are present. When we sweep your chimney, All Seasons Chimney takes great care to remove all of the creosote deposits from your inner chimney to reduce your risk of chimney fires. We will also check to see if there are any flue blockages or other types of damage present in your chimney that could lead to dangerous safety hazards.

Only burn seasoned firewood in your fireplace.

This type of firewood has been allowed to dry for at least six months after it has been cut so that it will produce longer-lasting, cleaner-burning, and warmer fires. Burning freshly cut wood can result in smoke issues, odor problems, and rapid accumulation of creosote, and this greatly increases your risk of a chimney fire. You should also never burn treated or painted wood as it can produce dangerous fumes.

Install smoke detector and carbon monoxide detector alarms throughout your home.

Not only should you install these lifesaving alarms in the same room as your fireplace, but you should also make sure that you have both smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors on every level of your home as well as outside every bedroom. Statistics have proven that these alarms have cut the risk of dying in a home fire in half, but to stay safe, you must check the batteries on a regular basis to be sure they are working properly. All Seasons Chimney recommends that you make a habit of checking these alarms every spring and every fall when you adjust your clocks for Daylight Saving Time.

Thanks to Chimney Safety Week and National Fire Prevention Week, October is the perfect opportunity to remember fireplace safety practices. Contact us today at All Seasons Chimney to schedule an appointment for your annual professional chimney sweeping and inspection. Our CSIA-certified chimney sweeps are here for all of your professional chimney maintenance, repair, and installation needs.

Solving Fireplace Odors

Correcting Fireplace Odors Image - Poughkeepsie NY - All Seasons ChimneyYou want your home to smell as fresh and clean as possible, but sometimes certain things in your chimney can cause stinky smells to invade your home through your fireplace. All Seasons Chimney has years of experience in dealing with smelly chimneys, and we know what causes unpleasant fireplace odors and how to get rid of the odor source. We would like to tell you more about the services we offer that can take care of this stinky problem.

You need a professional chimney sweeping.

If you are noticing a strong odor of burned barbecue, your fireplace odor problem is most likely being caused by creosote deposits inside your chimney. A natural compound that develops during the combustion process of burning wood, creosote sticks to the inner walls of your chimney and can accumulate into large deposits. This not only creates an odor issue as creosote has a sour and acrid scent, but it also is a fire hazard. If the internal temperature gets hot enough, creosote can easily ignite into flames. Creosote is so flammable that the Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA) has named it as a leading cause of chimney fires. To protect you from the dangers of a chimney fire and to keep creosote from causing an odor problem in your home, All Seasons Chimney can professionally sweep your chimney to remove all of the creosote deposits from the inner walls of your chimney. Our CSIA-certified chimney sweeps will take care to be sure every bit of creosote has been removed.

You need a professionally installed chimney cap on top of your chimney.

Without a chimney cap on the top of your chimney, you have an open hole on your roof. Water from rain and melted ice and snow can easily enter your chimney and land on the smoke shelf. This standing water can give off unpleasant musty odors. Even worse, leaves and other debris can fall into the chimney and mix with the water to create a decomposing smell. Another odor issue that can occur without a chimney cap has to do with wild animals. Birds, squirrels, raccoons, and other creatures can get into your chimney to nest. Unfortunately, an animal can get stuck inside your chimney and die. You can imagine the stench caused by this situation. To keep water and animals out of your chimney, All Seasons Chimney can professionally install a new chimney cap on top of your chimney. We can show you the best caps that have mesh metal sides that prevent birds, squirrels, raccoons, and other wild animals from being able to enter your chimney. We will be sure your new cap is correctly installed to protect your chimney.

Have you noticed unpleasant fireplace odors? Contact us at All Seasons Chimney to schedule an appointment with one of our CSIA-certified chimney sweeps to solve this problem.