Plainfield, IN – According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (USCPSC), an average of 22,300 chimney fires occurred annually in the United States between 2011 and 2013, and although this represents a slight drop from previous years, the Chimney Safety Institute of America believes there’s still much room for improvement.

2016’s National Chimney Safety Week, which is designed to educate homeowners on the inherent dangers of fireplaces and provide them with tips to reduce their risk of suffering a chimney fire or carbon monoxide-related health emergency, occurs September 25 – October 1.

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) recommends chimneys be inspected annually and cleaned as-needed. Having your chimney inspected by a CSIA Certified Chimney Sweep before lighting your first fire of the season, is the number one way to prevent potential damage to your home or even the loss of life that may result from a damaged or blocked chimney.

“Fall is officially here and the coming drop in temps will have many homeowners lighting their first fires of the season in their fireplaces and stoves,” says CSIA Executive Director, Frances Kelly, “so this is a critical time for us to remind people of the importance of chimney and fireplace safety.”

With more than 1,750 CSIA Certified Chimney Sweeps located across the United States, it has never been easier to find one near you. To locate your nearest CSIA Certified Chimney Sweep, visit and enter your zip code into the locator search tool.