Chimney Safety Institute of America Opens Doors to CSIA Technology Center
PLAINFIELD, Ind. (January 3, 2002) - The Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA) today announced the opening of the CSIA Technology Center, a 10,000 square foot educational and technological training facility for chimney sweeps. The million-dollar facility was built with funds raised within the chimney sweeping community.
“This is the first facility of its kind in North America,” said Mark McSweeney, executive director of the CSIA. “The CSIA now has a new state-of-the-art school to educate, train and certify chimney sweeps.”
The CSIA Technology Center was founded to ensure that all chimney professionals are able to receive expert training in the practice of sweeping. The educational direction of the CSIA Technology Center combines the traditional art of chimney sweeping with current technological advances in the home heating market.
Since 1983, the CSIA has certified more than 5,000 chimney sweeps through both regional seminars and the annual National Chimney Sweep Guild (NCSG) Convention. Today more than 1,400 CSIA Certified Chimney Sweeps® are registered throughout the country. These sweeps have reached the professional pinnacle in training and education in the sweeping industry.
In addition to offering sweeping courses, the CSIA Technology Center's course schedule for 2002 includes classes on the relationship between home heating, venting and indoor air quality as well as dryer vent technician training and certification.
“Airtight homes, complex home construction, more efficient hearth products and furnaces, as well as a greater number of home heating fuel choices, have created a technologically challenging work environment for chimney sweeps,” added McSweeney. “Now more than ever before, sweeps need a strong educational and technological background to ensure their customers safety.”
The Chimney Safety Institute of America recommends that all chimneys and vents, including dryer vents, are inspected on an annual basis and cleaned as necessary by a certified technician – whether a CSIA Certified Chimney Sweep® or a Certified Dryer Exhaust Duct Technician".
For more information about the Chimney Safety Institute of America, the CSIA Technology Center, or to locate a certified chimney sweep or certified dryer vent technician, go to www.csia.org or call 1-800-536-0118. The CSIA Technology Center is located at 2155 Commercial Drive, Plainfield, Indiana 46168.