National Fire Prevention Week, sponsored by the National Fire Protection Association, was created in order to reduce fires. The Midwest Chimney Safety Council suggests fire prevention by promoting the sweeping and inspection of chimneys.
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The Midwest Chimney Safety Council advises homeowners and building owners to have chimneys inspected by a professional chimney sweep on a regular basis- at least once per year as recommended by the National Fire Protection Association. Professional chimney sweeps have the proper equipment to view the interior of chimneys in order to see potential hazards such as missing mortar joints, broken flue tiles, or large gaps which can allow toxic flue gasses and heat to escape into the home.
Professional chimney sweeps are trained to identify problems that the layman may miss.
Chimney sweeps also remove flammable creosote, debris, nests, leaves, and twigs from flues serving furnaces, water heaters, boilers, fireplaces, and gas and wood-burning heating appliances.
The history of chimney sweeps began before Roman times when people started to build fireplaces inside their homes for heating and cooking. Prior to the invention of the chimney the soot and smoke just vented out open windows, but chimneys solved that problem.
The chimney sweeping trade died down after gas and electricity were introduced. However, during the oil crisis in the 1970’s homeowners wanted an alternative method of heating, and wood stoves were introduced in answer to the demand. As a result, the number of chimney fires increased and people became aware that their chimneys needed to be serviced by a professional. Chimney sweeps were once again needed across the country, and the trade revived.
Today professional chimney sweeps get their training and Certification at the Chimney Safety Institute of America, located in Indianapolis, Indiana, and get continuing education classes at the CSIA, Midwest Chimney Safety Council, and other related organizations. They use state-of-the art chimney camera equipment for inspections.
Some jurisdictions require chimney sweeps to be CSIA Certified Chimney Sweeps, or licensed in another manner.
A list of qualified professional chimney sweeps is posted at the Midwest Chimney Safety Council website at www.mcsc-net.org.
Contact: Marge Padgitt, President of the MCSC at 816-461-3665 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.