An indoor fireplace in CSIA’s Technology Center laboratory that we use for wood-burning purposes. It will be inspected and cleaned by students in 2015.

Chimney Safety Institute of America loves it when insurance companies (small and large) take the initiative and inform their customers about the need for annual chimney inspections. That’s what happened in December, when we publicized the collaboration between CSIA and major carrier Fireman’s Fund. Both organizations collaborated on a white paper so homeowners could get smarter about their home heating.

Kudos to another insurer, Benjamin Pure Company, for an outstanding post this week: “CHIMNEYS ARE BEAUTIFUL; BUT THEY NEED CLEANING TOO.”

Pure writes, “Chimneys add charm to a house structure. However, they need cleaning too. Sounds [like] a daunting task? Worry not. You can hire chimney sweeping services. You can easily find them on the internet.”

The article then lists Chimney Safety Institute of America as a resource, discusses levels of inspections. Pure’s post finishes with this thought: “Only experts can tell you what level of inspection your chimney needs. Uncleaned, clogged chimneys don’t die a slow death; they kill… with fire. So, beware. Hire licensed chimney sweeping services and maintain safety of your house.”

You can find a qualified inspector for chimney sweeping using the free zip code locator on CSIA’s website. Be safe, and inspect to protect.

An indoor fireplace in CSIA’s Technology Center laboratory that we use for wood-burning purposes. It will be inspected and cleaned by students in 2015. This is view looking from the fireplace and into the bottom of the chimney system.