Chimney Cleaning and Ash Disposal

Posted in Fire Department News

 

IMPORTANT MESSAGE FROM THE CHIEF

AND VOLUNTEER Firefighters

The importance of keeping your chimney clean has to be a priority, as the potential for serious property damage and even worse, serious or fatal injuries to you and your family is a reality. Although the chimney fires we responded to recently have had some costly damage, no serious injuries have occurred.

The cost to keeping your chimney clean is minimal because you can do it yourself with a few basic tools, if you call in a professional the costs would be higher, but either way, peace of mind should be the determining factor.

When you have a Chimney Fire you must get it inspected by a professional before you use it again, which can be costly to the home owner as you may have to replace your entire Chimney.

I Again Urge You to Clean Your Chimney and Stove

 

It is important to not bring ashes to the dump unless they are completely cold, and when arriving at the dump deposit them in the appropriate location, which is separate from household refuge.

Keeping your stove clear of ashes is something that we should be doing on a regular basis.

After your stove has had time to cool down use a metal scoop or shovel and a metal bucket approved for ash storage and handling.

DO NOT KEEP YOUR ASH CONTAINER INSIDE after cleaning out your stove, store it outsider away from any combustibles.

When disposing the ashes make sure to dump them in a safe area not near buildings or other flammable or combustible materials.

Both Chimney Fires and Dump Fires (caused by ash deposit) are PREVENTABLE and carry a HUGE cost to you and the Municipality.

ALWAYS REMEMBER

“SMOKE ALARMSand CO ALARMS SAVE LIVES”

SMOKE ALARMS MUST BE ON EVERY LEVEL OF YOUR HOME AND OUTSIDE SLEEPING AREAS

CO ALARMS ON EVERY LEVEL AND OUTSIDE FURNACE ROOMS