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National Fire Prevention Week Oct 8-14

In Seattle we have typically mild weather with consistent rainfall year-round, but fall is in the air! It is time to fire up the stove or fireplace, and you don’t want to do that until you’re sure it’s ready to go. October is the first real month that fires are burning for warmth, it’s the start of the busy season for chimney sweeps, and National Fire Prevention Week is October 8-14!

National Fire Prevention Week Image - Seattle WA - Pristine SweepsThe National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) has a campaign every October dedicated to bringing down the number of fires in the US. According to the US Fire Administration there was nearly 1.3 million reported fires in 2014, resulting in 3,275 deaths, 16,000 injuries, and $11.6 billion in property loss. These numbers are still too high, despite decreasing each year. It’s our hope at Pristine Sweeps, that we can help families to be safer from fires each and every winter.

Preventative Measures

You can help prevent fires in your home by maintaining your chimney system properly. Always hire a professional to install, repair, or service components to your system. Keep your chimney system clean and functional by scheduling routine chimney sweeps. Catch problems before they start by having a certified chimney sweep complete a CSIA inspection annually, and have your dryer vent cleaned annually to prevent dryer vent fires.

Other things you can do to prevent fire or injury due to fire is:

  • Install smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors in your home, and make sure to check batteries monthly.
  • Practice fire safety and teach your children that the fire is dangerous.
  • Never leave a fire unattended.
  • Never cook with a stove-top or oven, burn a fire, or run the dryer overnight.
  • Make a fire escape plan that includes two ways out of every room if possible.
  • Never close the damper while the fire is burning.
  • Only burn properly seasoned wood in your fireplace, stove, or insert. Burning other items can result in fire and excess creosote and smoke.
  • Only purchase quality products that adhere to federal and local regulations for safety.

Some Fires Are Not Preventable

There can be faulty wires that homeowners aren’t aware of. Also, there can be malfunctions in appliances, and wildfires can even ignite your home. There are many disasters that can result in fires, but you can be prepared for the worst. Join us during National Fire Prevention Week and tell your family, your neighbors, and your friends about the dangers of fire. Share the resources at www.firepreventionweek.org, and make it a family affair! You may not be able to prevent fires completely, but you can prevent further injury and even death by being prepared.

We offer Chimney Inspections with Video Scans

Chimney Video Inspection Image - Seattle WA - Pristine SweepsTemperatures are dropping, and even the mild Pacific Northwest is seeing a drop in temperatures and changing of seasons. This is the time when you should begin to think about burn season, and keeping your household safe this winter. A lot can go wrong through the winter months, and the easiest way to stop a chimney problem is to prevent it.

Prevent Chimney Fires and Winter Damage

Chimney fires are most often caused by a blockage, buildup, or drop in chimney efficiency. When your fireplace and chimney system isn’t maintained properly, you can expect a problem. Instead of preparing for the worst, prevent it by scheduling routine maintenance. A chimney inspection can catch weaknesses and hazards that will drop the chimney’s efficiency, resulting in slowed airflow which contributes to fire.

CSIA Inspections

The Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA) and the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) both recommend routine maintenance for the safest and most efficient chimney systems possible. By hiring a CSIA-certified company, you get a thorough inspection of the entire chimney system, and the comfort of knowing that your chimney system is without-a-doubt, fire-ready. Certified chimney sweeps undergo extensive classroom and field training before being able to call themselves certified, and then offer the best services available. There are three levels of this the CSIA inspection:

  • Level One – Required annually, when nothing has changed about the system. It includes an assessment of all the readily accessible portions of the chimney system.
  • Level Two – Required when land is sold or transferred, following a change to the system (new appliance, change in fuel type), or a natural occurrence that can affect the system (tornado, earthquake). This inspection includes everything from a level one, as well as hidden portions of the chimney system in attics and crawlspaces.
  • Level Three – Recommended when a serious hazard is identified from a lesser level inspection. This inspection is a thorough assessment of the entire system, as well as points of concern where components may be removed of the structure or the chimney for access to hazards.

Schedule with Pristine Sweeps for a CSIA Inspection Today

When you schedule your annual inspection with Pristine Sweeps, you can count on professional courtesy and expert service every time. Our technicians work swiftly and thoroughly, utilizing video equipment to show you an up-close video scan of your chimney. With this technology, we don’t miss a thing. Using the footage and the overall assessment, our technician will complete a written report for your records, and discuss repair plans if necessary.

We value all of our customers in the Seattle area, and strive to offer the services to best keep them safe and comfortable this winter. That is why we do a video scan with every inspection –not just the level two, as required. Call and ask about chimney inspections today or use our online scheduling tool.

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