Chimney Safety What Most People Forget

chimney-cleaningTwo days ago from I read fire accident that took place in chimney. The firefighters who extinguished the fire said that the fire was caused by creosote buildup in the duct ignited when the fireplace was lit. It was then confined in the chimney.

After the fire, the firefighters reminded all homeowners to do chimney cleaning to prevent chemical buildup inside it. They also said the importance of regular chimney maintenance.

So, what is the relationship between this home fire accident and chemical plant safety? The important point that I would like to deliver is chimney cleaning and chimney safety. Most of us may forget about chimney safety.

The Importance of Chimney Maintenance

NFPA code 211 9-2 states that “Chimneys and fireplaces must be inspected at least once a year for soundness, freedom from creosote deposits, and shall be cleaned as necessary.” The main function of chimney is funneling combustion by-products from oil and gas burning through a connector pipe into the atmosphere out of living area.

Regular chimney maintenance will ensure that the chimney is in good condition and can function properly. Its maintenance is also to inspect for leak and structure problem. Maintenance works include chimney cleaning to remove creosote buildup inside it.

Chimney has to be repaired immediately when leak is found. Toxic gas like carbon monoxide (CO) as by-product of combustion can harm workers who work in the surrounding area. Fire hazard like the above accident news can also be prevented if chimney cleaning is carried regularly.

National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA) recommends yearly inspection of chimney by an expert to decide whether chimney cleaning or repair is required.

Chimney maintenance is very important to prevent worker deaths, injuries and fire accident. Chimney safety can be achieved through chimney maintenance.

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