New Years’ resolutions: Make safety top the list
Chimney Safety Institute of America offers tips for home safety
INDIANAPOLIS – Resolving to diet and exercise this year? Add a resolution to your list that will really make an impact: Protecting your home and family.
The Chimney Safety Institute of America offers safety tips for fireplace, heating and venting, including:
• Install smoke and carbon monoxide detectors throughout your house – and remember to check the batteries in the spring and fall
• Never leave a fire, space heater, electric blanket or other external heating device unattended
• Regularly clean out the lint trap of your clothes dryer
• Add chimney and dryer vent inspections to your spring cleaning list
• Find a CSIA Certified Chimney Sweep® or CSIA Certified Dryer Exhaust Technician® in your area at www.csia.org
“Chimney and dryer vent inspections aren’t just tasks you should get done, they’re tasks you need to get done,” says Ashley Eldridge, CSIA Director of Education. “Nearly 41,000 house fires a year can be prevented by homeowners taking necessary steps. Make safety your number one priority for 2012.”
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The Chimney Safety Institute of America is a non-profit, educational organization dedicated to chimney and venting system safety. CSIA is committed to the elimination of residential chimney fires, carbon monoxide intrusion and other chimney-related hazards that result in the loss of lives and property. To achieve these goals, CSIA devotes its resources to educating the public, chimney and venting professionals and other fire prevention specialists about the prevention and correction of chimney and venting system hazards.