CSIA's booth at NAMIC CSIA's booth at NAMIC

The Chimney Safety Institute of America works to educate those in the chimney profession, but our dual mission also includes raising awareness about the need for chimney inspections, for those homeowners interested in fireplace or wood stove use. An inspection by a CSIA Certified Chimney Sweep (available at csia.org/search) can provide reassurance. But as many people as we reach on our own, isn’t enough. Awareness, as it stands, isn’t enough. Marketing on our own through such channels as Facebook and Twitter isn’t enough.

That’s why the Chimney Safety Institute of America, or CSIA, supports affiliated trade industries, such as home inspectors and firefighters. We exhibit at these organizations’ events and often also sponsor different activities there, to ensure success.

We’re adding some different wrinkles to the mix, and one of those is the National Association of Mutual Insurance Companies, or NAMIC. Like CSIA, this organization is based in Central Indiana. NAMIC’s 119th convention is being held in National Harbor, Maryland, and CSIA has one of the 100 exhibits in the Marketplace for Mutuals.

We’re delighted to be here. On Sunday, as we were setting up, we heard a few people look at our booth (No. 832) and express interested in our Twisted Chimney backdrop.

It’s likely that some in the insurance industry have never known that chimney sweeping is an actual industry and that there are, in fact, chimney sweeps. We’re looking forward to the opportunity at getting out the word and to talking about those who are affiliated with CSIA through having the CCS credential (Certified Chimney Sweep) and/or the C-DET credential (Certified Dryer Exhaust Technician) credential.