That Time I Gave Away One of my Biggest Marketing Secrets for the Good of the Industry

As a marketing professional in the nonprofit world I’m constantly looking for ways to make CSIA a visually attractive brand to homeowners and chimney professionals, while also keeping a tight reign on spending. One of my main tactics for accomplishing these goals is through the use of my own photography or the use of free, but high quality images, found on the internet. … More That Time I Gave Away One of my Biggest Marketing Secrets for the Good of the Industry

Chimney Safety Institute of America Launches New Website

Plainfield, IN — The Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA) has launched a new version of http://www.csia.org, which replaces a version that had been in use for nearly a decade. The new website contains the same essential content for both homeowners and industry professionals, but is a drastic leap forward in terms of design and functionality. “We are … More Chimney Safety Institute of America Launches New Website

Pressure from CSIA & Sweeping Industry Leads to Pulling of Angie’s List Article

As some of you may have heard, Angie’s List recently posted an article on its website and social media pages “instructing” homeowners on how to inspect and clean their own chimneys. CSIA strongly felt that the content of this article, originally written by a representative of ServPro (a home cleaning and fire restoration company), was … More Pressure from CSIA & Sweeping Industry Leads to Pulling of Angie’s List Article

Chimney Safety Week 2016: Know your Sweeps

If you missed that one episode of Dirty Jobs back in 2005 and you’re just finding out the Chimney Safety Institute of America exists, you might be curious as to why we are so adamant that you hire a CSIA Certified Chimney Sweep as opposed to just any local service provider or someone who claims to be “certified” through another organization …and that would be a fair question. … More Chimney Safety Week 2016: Know your Sweeps

2016 Chimney Safety Week: Know When to Call for Backup

If you’ve been following along over the last couple of days, you’ve heard us talk about how to choose the right firewood and how to troubleshoot a poorly drafting chimney — things you, as a homeowner, can (and should) do on your own to ensure your system is working properly. Today, we’re going to switch gears a little … More 2016 Chimney Safety Week: Know When to Call for Backup

2016 Chimney Safety Week: Know Your System

No matter the condition of your fireplace, wood stove, or other chimney-connected appliance, if you don’t understand how your system works, it will be difficult getting it to perform in a way that optimizes both performance and safety. For example, you could have a sparkling new home with a fireplace you could eat out of, but … More 2016 Chimney Safety Week: Know Your System

Inspect to Protect – 2016 National Chimney Safety Week

Plainfield, IN – According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (USCPSC), an average of 22,300 chimney fires occurred annually in the United States between 2011 and 2013, and although this represents a slight drop from previous years, the Chimney Safety Institute of America believes there’s still much room for improvement. 2016’s National Chimney Safety … More Inspect to Protect – 2016 National Chimney Safety Week