CSIA joins forces with NOAA ‘Weather Ready Nation’ initiative as an ambassador #BeAForce

The Chimney Safety Institute of America is excited to announce that today we have been named an official NOAA Weather-Ready Nation Ambassador. The Weather-Ready Nation Ambassador initiative is an effort to formally recognize National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration partners who are improving the nation’s readiness against extreme weather, water, and climate events. As a Weather-Ready Nation Ambassador, our organization is … More CSIA joins forces with NOAA ‘Weather Ready Nation’ initiative as an ambassador #BeAForce

Story of a CSIA Certified Chimney Sweep, a video camera, and a smoking chimney in Hot Springs

Here’s a message we received (via Facebook) today from Ralph Scantlin Jr., a CSIA Certified Chimney Sweep since 2013 with Clean Sweep Chimney Service of Hot Springs, Arkansas. Ralph wanted to share some pictures with us of a chimney he is working on today. The back story: Ralph’s father video-scanned a customer’s chimney 20 years ago because of a chimney … More Story of a CSIA Certified Chimney Sweep, a video camera, and a smoking chimney in Hot Springs

Chimney, clothes dryers make @goodhousemag ‘Burn Your House Down’ list

  Good Housekeeping, with the help of Lorraine Carli of the National Fire Protection Association, this week published a necessary story entitled, “8 Bad Habits That Could Burn Your House Down.” On the list are the usual suspects: over-use of extension cords, walking away from food on the stove, crowding appliances together, leaving appliances on while … More Chimney, clothes dryers make @goodhousemag ‘Burn Your House Down’ list

The chimney is no place to get stuck; man lucky to be rescued after falling into flue

We’ve said it before.  It seems to happen every season. Someone assumes that the chimney is easily accessible – a shortcut, if you will, from the exterior to the interior of a home. They learn the hard way. Lacking the mystical powers of Santa, they get stuck. It happens more than you think. In this latest … More The chimney is no place to get stuck; man lucky to be rescued after falling into flue

‘Animal in my fireplace’ and other critter-in-the-chimney encounters

Chimney Safety Institute of America emphasizes the need for chimney caps, where appropriate. Why? It’s all about animal intrusion. The flue is an inviting, cozy environment that may be appealing because it offers refuge, and dry lodging, to the critter. Some crawl in, and some fly in. Homeowners need to know that they aren’t alone … More ‘Animal in my fireplace’ and other critter-in-the-chimney encounters

Chimneys vent more than fireplaces – and are necessary for healthy environments

We hate to see what reportedly occurred this week at a Taco Bell in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania regarding air quality — but the incident is illustrative of an important public safety issue that CSIA Certified Chimney Sweeps are qualified to tackle!   The incident? Carbon monoxide from a chimney vent, which sickened employees at the … More Chimneys vent more than fireplaces – and are necessary for healthy environments

No June gloom for us at CSIA, which offers a full month of chimney sweep training and education

  There’s a unique southern California description for a weather pattern that brings cool temperatures and clouds to a region of the world used to sunshine. It’s known as June gloom. We are experiencing the opposite at the Chimney Safety Institute of America in Plainfield, Indiana. At CSIA, our mission statement is to advance public safety while … More No June gloom for us at CSIA, which offers a full month of chimney sweep training and education

CSIA’s new e-learning platform makes debut: online chimney/venting education has never been easier

Many people are pleasantly surprised when they find out there are chimney sweeps operating on the rooftops and fireplaces of American homes. They are even more appreciative when they discover that the chimney industry supports two nonprofits that help companies — the National Chimney Sweep Guild and the Chimney Safety Institute of America. NCSG’s origins … More CSIA’s new e-learning platform makes debut: online chimney/venting education has never been easier