According to the most recent statement from the National Fire Protection Agency, “Creosote is a sticky, oily, combustible substance created when wood does not burn completely. It rises into the chimney as a liquid and deposits on the chimney wall. A conservative best estimate of creosote fires would combine failure-to-clean fires that were confined to chimney or flue or involved solid-fueled space heaters, fireplaces, chimneys and chimney connectors. This produces estimates of 15,200 reported creosote fires (23% of all home heating fires) per year with associated losses of four civilian deaths, 17 civilian injuries, and $33 million in direct property damage per year.
The leading factors contributing to ignition in home heating equipment fires were failure to clean (25%), heat source too close to combustibles (14%), and unclassified mechanical failure or malfunction (13%). Heat source too close to combustibles accounted for (52%) of associated deaths.”
As you can see, these disasters are preventable and can be handled by having your chimney properly cleaned, repaired or maintained. We offer all of these services and would be glad to give you a free estimate on the work needed. We serve Allentown, Pottstown, Paoli, Norristown, Exton, Schwenksville, Perkasie, Gilbertsville, Phoenixville, and the surrounding areas. Call today! 610-473-6000!