Firefighters and media: Working collaboratively to educate homeowners on chimney fire dangers

When it comes to educating the public on the risk of unwanted chimney fires, Chimney Safety of America is happy to assist organizations that have large reaches. Our outreach stretches from coast to coast. We work with do-it-yourself bloggers, such as Mother Earth News, which wrote “Chimney Sweeps vs DYI” and included information from CSIA’s perspective. Another article was written by a blogger on a Real Estate website regarding the need for home buyers to consider chimney inspections as an option prior to closing, and a syndicated radio show Real Estate Today also talked to our Ashley Eldridge about things homeowners should look for. We’ve got other large media opportunities in the works as well. Our goal is to get people to think about inspections, and go csia.org/search to find a qualified professional for that purpose.

We don’t miss out on local opportunities, either, so when Capt. Mike Pruitt of the Wayne Township Fire Department discussed a possible collaboration with Chimney Safety Institute of America to warn his constituents about the potential danger of chimney fires with the approaching first major cold blast of 2014-15, we were delighted to work with them.

“Every year we see chimney fires and we see the destruction,” Capt. Pruit told WTHR. “We want to get ahead of this.”

Thanks to Mike, WTHR-Channel 13 reporter Nicole Misencik and photographer John Kofodimos came to the CSIA Technology Center in Plainfield, Indiana to do some live news reports early on Oct. 30, 2014. Together with CSIA Education Director Ashley Eldridge, the stories focused on the need for chimney inspections, plus fireplace safety tips. 

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Nicole’s story, “Getting Your Fireplace Ready for Winter,” was terrific.

More on the collaboration: We’ll be conducting an educational session for Wayne Township firefighters (particularly those with ladder trucks that are most likely to respond to a chimney fire.) We don’t discuss suppression, but mainly explain the chimney physics that are at play during a fire and afterwards. We also provided Capt. Pruitt with a 100-pack of our new “After The Fire” brochure, an item created in 2014 for firefighters to present to homeowners where a chimney fire has occurred.

Ashley Eldridge, CSIA's Director of Education, with Wayne Township Fire Department Capt. Mike Pruitt, who is seen holding a copy of our "After the Fire" public safety brochure.
Ashley Eldridge, CSIA’s Director of Education, with Wayne Township Fire Department Capt. Mike Pruitt, who is seen holding a copy of our “After the Fire” public safety brochure.

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Capt. Pruitt said, “It’s very important information, and we are going to get the word out on behalf of both agencies.”


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