[WTHR-TV Channel 13 reporter Nicole Misencik and photojournalist John Kofodimos interviewed CSIA Director of Education Ashley Eldridge for a segment on inspections that aired in 2014.]
Why is the Chimney Safety Institute of America the go-to source for publications that range from Angie's List to Mother Earth News to HGTV magazine to the Washington Post?
Because, in the largely unregulated chimney industry, we were the first -- and are the best -- at educating, training and certifying chimney sweeps.
When the phone rings with a call from a reporter, we respond promptly. It's a matter of public safety.
An average of 22,700 chimney fires occurred annually between 2010 and 2012 -- that's more than 62 fires per day in the United States, according to the Consumer Products Safety Commission. [Read: CURRENT CPSC Chimney Fire and CO Stats]
Both the CSIA and the National Fire Protection Association recommend yearly chimney inspections to help prevent fire and carbon monoxide poisonings. The CSIA also recommends that chimney and venting inspections be completed by CSIA Certified Chimney Sweeps.
Many homeowners are unaware a fire can happen to them -- until a fire happens to them.
Common causes of chimney fires include:
*Burning unseasoned wet wood
*Infrequent sweeping and cleaning
*Overnight burning or smoldering wood for long periods in wood stoves
*Improper appliance sizing
[source: Cheshire Fire Department]
How to make a difference? Media can help! Use our zip-code locator to find a CSIA Certified Chimney Sweep who can answer your questions. With over 1,600 CSIA Certified Chimney Sweeps [and 330 Certified Dryer Exhaust Technicians] there's someone qualified that's close to you that can help.
You can also contact Jordan Whitt, Director of Marketing & Communications, at (317) 837-5362. For immediate assistance, please email your query and deadline needs to firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also connect with us on Twitter via our @chimney_safety or @dryersafety handles.
*National Chimney Safety Week 2015, Sept. 27-October 3. This year's theme: "Every family enjoys a safe, warm home."
*How to use the right kind of firewood -- and how to build the right kind of fire.
*What not to burn in your fireplace.
*Proper disposal of ashes.
*Common safety practices around a wood stove, masonry heater or fireplace.
*Why video is such a crucial component of any inspection.
2015 marked the 10th anniversary of Mike Rowe's "Dirty Jobs" episode. It's on YouTube.
Background - About the Chimney Safety Institute of America
Background - The Need for Annual Chimney Inspections
Background - How to Hire a Chimney Sweep
Position - Chemical Chimney Cleaners