Chimneys are one of the most common locations of residential structure fires in New
York State. The Chimney Safety Institute of America reports that creosote accumulation is the
leading cause of chimney fires. A chimney that is dirty, blocked or is in disrepair can inhibit proper
venting of smoke up the flue and can also cause a chimney fire. Nearly all residential fires originating in the
chimney are preventable.
An annual chimney inspection by a qualified chimney sweep can prevent fire or carbon monoxide poisoning.
To keep your home safe from chimney fires follow these guidelines.