Chimneys and chimney connectors
accounted for the largest share of home-heating fires (36 percent).
Have a qualified technician evaluate chimneys and chimney connectors
to verify proper installation, and check for cracks, blockages, or leaks.
All chimneys and chimney connectors
should be evaluated for proper installation, cracks, blockages or leaks and repaired if necessary.
According to the most recent statistics from the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), chimneys and chimney connectors
accounted for the largest share (36 percent) of home heating fire incidents in 2005, with "failure to clean" accounting for two-thirds of those fires.