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Nine Signs That You've Had a Chimney Fire

Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

Know the facts it could save your life! Don't hesitate to call and ask for help!



Masonry Chimneys


When a chimney fire occur in masonry chimney whether the flue is an older, unlined type or pot lined to meet current safety codes the high temperatures at which they burn 
(around 2000°F) can “melt mortar, crack pot liners and chimney pots, cause liners to collapse and damage the outer masonry material”.  Most often, thermal shock occurs and
 pot liners crack and mortar is displaced, which provides a pathway for flames to reach the combustible wood parts of the house. This event is extremely dangerous, call 999
 immediately.



Pre-fabricated, factory-built, metal chimneys


Factory built, metal chimneys that are designed to vent wood burning stoves or pre-fabricated metal fireplaces must pass special tests. 
Most tests require the chimney to withstand flue temperatures up to 2100°F  without sustaining damage.

Under chimney fire conditions, damage to these systems still may occur. When pre-fabricated, factory-built metal chimneys are damaged by a chimney fire,
 they should no longer be used and must be replaced.


Special Effects on Wood Stoves


Wood stoves are made to contain hot fires. The connector pipes that run from the stove to the chimney are another matter. They cannot withstand the high temperatures
 produced during a chimney fire and can warp, buckle and even separate from the vibrations created by air turbulence during a fire. If damaged by a chimney fire, they
 must be replaced.  

Carbon monoxide is a poisonous gas that has no smell or taste. Breathing it in can make you unwell, and it can kill.
Carbon monoxide (CO) is sometimes referred to as the "silent killer". Every year in the UK, over 200 people go to hospital with suspected carbon monoxide poisoning, 
which leads to around 40 deaths.


Preventing carbon monoxide poisoning

It's important to be aware of the dangers and identify any appliances in your house that could potentially leak carbon monoxide.

Install a carbon monoxide alarm, as this will detect a leak in your home and give out a high-pitched noise when gas levels are high. They are available from DIY and hardware stores. However, alarms are not a substitute for maintaining and regularly servicing household appliances.

If your carbon monoxide alarm sounds or you suspect a leak:

stop using all appliances and evacuate the property immediately - stay calm and avoid raising your heart rate
call the gas emergency number on 0800 111 999 to report the incident - or Health and Safety Executive (HSE) Gas Safety Advice Line on 0800 300 363
do not go back into the property - wait for advice from the emergency services
get immediate medical help - you may not realise if you're badly affected by the carbon monoxide and going outside into fresh air won't treat any exposure by itself

Read more about preventing carbon monoxide poisoning.

Symptoms of CO poisoning

A headache is the most common symptom of mild carbon monoxide poisoning. 
Other symptoms include:
dizziness
nausea (feeling sick) and vomiting
tiredness and confusion
stomach pain
shortness of breath and difficulty breathing

Symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning can be similar to those of food poisoning and the flu. However, unlike flu, carbon monoxide poisoning does not cause a high 
temperature 
(fever).


Your chimney and the flue that lines it adds architectural interest to your home, but its’ real function is to carry dangerous flue gases from your fireplace, 
wood stove or appliance safely out of your chimney. A chimney helps your household air stay breathable, just as your windows and your bathroom, attic and kitchen vents do. 
Unlike those other exhaust points in your home, however, fireplace and wood stove chimneys need a special kind of care, the chimney should be swept as per your chimney sweeps advice. 

As you snuggle in front of a cozy fire or bask in the warmth of your wood stove, you are taking part in a ritual of comfort and enjoyment handed down through 
the centuries. The last thing you are likely to be thinking about is the condition of your chimney and chimney flue. However, if you don’t give some thought to 
it before you light those winter fires, your enjoyment may be very short-lived. Why? Dirty chimneys can cause chimney fires, which damage chimney and chimney flue 
structures, can destroy homes and injure or kill people.

All wood burning and multi-fuel appliances should have a carbon monoxide alarm fitted within the same room as the appliance. 
The carbon monoxide alarm should comply with BS EN 50291-1:2010, and must be installed to the manufacturers’ installation instructions, 
and current Buildings Regulations. An alarm is required because carbon monoxide is a dangerous odourless and invisible gas.

Since a chimney, damaged by a chimney fire, can endanger a home and its’ occupants and a chimney fire can occur without anyone being aware of them it’s 
important to have your chimney regularly inspected  and the chimney swept. Here are the signs that a professional chimney sweep looks for....

“Puffy” or “honey combed” creosote.
 Warped metal of the damper, metal smoke chamber connector pipe or factory-built metal chimney.
 Cracked or collapsed flue liners, or brickwork with large chunks missing.
 Discolored and/or distorted rain cap.
 Heat-damaged TV antenna attached to the chimney.
 Creosote flakes and pieces found on the roof or ground.
 Roofing material damaged from hot creosote.
 Cracks in exterior masonry.

Carbon Monoxide Alarm

No One Welcomes a Chimney Fire

A chimney fire in action can be impressive. Indications of a chimney fire have been described as creating a loud cracking and popping noise a lot of dense smoke, and an
 intense, hot smell Chimney fires can burn explosively noisy and dramatic enough to be detected by neighbors or people passing by. Flames or dense smoke may shoot from 
the top of the chimney. Homeowners report being startled by a low rumbling sound that reminds them of a train or a low flying airplane.

However, those are only the chimney fires you know about. Slow burning chimney fires don’t get enough air or have fuel to be dramatic or visible. But, the temperatures 
they reach in the chimney flue are very high and can cause as much damage to the chimney structure  and nearby combustible parts of the house as their more spectacular 
cousins. With proper chimney system care, regular chimney sweeps, fires are entirely preventable.



Fireplaces and wood stoves are designed to safely contain wood fuel fires, while providing heat for a home. The chimneys that serve them have the job of expelling the by 
products of combustion the substances produced when wood burns. These include smoke, water vapor, gases, unburned wood particles, hydrocarbon, tar fog and assorted minerals. 
As these substances exit the fireplace or wood stove, and flow up into the relatively cooler chimney, condensation occurs. The resulting residue that sticks to the inner walls of the chimney is called creosote.  

Creosote is black or brown in appearance. It can be crusty and flaky tar like, drippy and sticky or shiny and hardened in the chimney flue.
Often, all forms will occur in one chimney system. Whatever form it takes, creosote is highly combustible. If it builds up in sufficient quantities and the internal chimney 
flue temperature is high enough the result could be a chimney fire.  Certain conditions encourage the buildup of creosote in the chimney flue.

Restricted air supply, unseasoned wood and, cooler than normal chimney temperatures are all factors that can accelerate the buildup of creosote on chimney flue walls.

Air supply may be restricted by closing the glass doors, by failing to open the damper wide enough, and the lack of sufficient make up air to move heated smoke up the chimney 
rapidly (the longer the smoke’s “residence time” in the chimney flue, the more likely is it that creosote will form.

A wood stove’s air supply can be limited by closing down the stove damper or air inlets too soon or too much. Burning unseasoned wood  because so much energy is used initially 
just to drive off the water trapped in the cells of the logs keeps the resulting smoke cooler, than if seasoned wood is used. In the case of wood stoves, overloading the firebox with wood in an attempt to get a longer burn time also contributes to creosote build up in the chimney

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