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Fire & Water - Cleanup & Restoration

Chimney Safety Tips for Hermantown?

1/11/2022 (Permalink)

Smoke is rising from a home’s chimney. We restore fire damage in St. Louis County.

SERVPRO® of Aitkin, Carlton & West St. Louis Counties offers these tips from Federal Emergency Management Agency for preventing creosote buildup that can cause chimney fires:

Limited air supply and unseasoned wood encourage the buildup of creosote. To avoid that buildup,

do not restrict the air supply by:

  • Closing the glass doors
  • Not opening the damper wide enough
  • The longer the smoke is in the flue, the more likely it is that creosote will form
  • By closing down the stove damper or air inlets on a wood stove too soon or too much
  • Do not burn unseasoned wood
  • In the case of wood stoves, overloading the firebox with wood in an attempt to get a longer burn time also contributes to creosote buildup

Fireplace and Woodstove Safety

  • Keep a glass or metal screen in front of the fireplace to prevent embers or sparks from jumping out
  • Do not burn paper in your fireplace or woodstove
  • Put ashes in a metal container with a lid, outside, at least three feet from your home
  • Put the fire out before you go to sleep or leave your home

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Hermantown residents and businesses can rely on SERVPRO® of Aitkin, Carlton & West St. Louis Counties to retore fire damage, “Like it never even happened.” Call us today at 218-879-6141.

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