More than half (57%) of home fireplace, chimney and chimney connector fires involve failure to clean as a factor contributing to ignition.
Leading factors for fire deaths in fires involving fireplaces, chimney and chimney connectors are: heat source too close to combustibles (51%), unclassified misuse of material or product (36%), unclassified operational deficiency (17%), and leak or break (16%).
According to an October 2013 report from the National Fire Protection Association, "More than half (57%) of home fireplace, chimney and chimney connector
fires involve failure to clean as a factor contributing to ignition.
For wood or coal stoves or fireplaces, have a professional inspect the chimney, chimney connector
and other related equipment every year, and have them cleaned as often as the inspections indicate.
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.
The most recent estimates available from the Consumer Product Safety Commission show an average of 25,700 residential structural fires related to fireplaces, chimneys and chimney connectors
resulting in 30 deaths and $627 million in property losses annually.
Wood and coal stoves, fireplaces, chimneys, chimney connectors
and all solid-fueled heating equipment should be inspected and cleaned professionally each year, especially if they have not been used for some time.
According to the most recent information available from the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), two out of three reported home heating fires and associated deaths and injuries involved portable and fixed space heaters and related equipment, such as fireplaces, chimneys and chimney connectors