Why the Chimney Safety Institute of America thinks about Christmas in July

  We know America is sweating (it’s summer, after all), but we’re thinking of sweaters.

Fireworks for you, firewood and fireplaces for us.

Christmas in July is a popular cliche, but it’s an actual thought process at the Chimney Safety Institute of America.

For starters, in the summer, CSIA is busy educating and training chimney sweep techicians so that they are ready to service America’s homes during the next burning season — in this case, 2015-16. That educaton is also occurring at popular summertime events such as The Gathering (on the east coast), the Golden State Chimney Sweep Guild (on the west coast), and all points in between.

Summer is when the CSIA Board of Directors meets annually at headquarters in Plainfield, Indiana. For two days this month, the board discusses our spending plans for the 2015-16 fiscal year, which begins September 1! We plan what will be our theme for National Chimney Safety Week (Sept. 27-Oct. 3) followed up by NFPA’s National Fire Prevention Week, Oct. 4-10) as well as how we’re going to help our CSIA Certified Chimney Sweeps and C-DET Certified Dryer Exhaust Technicians get the word out about the crucial home-improving and life-saving work that they do, educating the media and homeowners.

We know that some people love their hearth from Fall through Spring, going through multiple cords of seasoned wood. For others, it’s all about one or two uses of the fireplace at Thanksgiving and Christmas. We know that people continue to need basic information about how the chimney functions and how they can use their chimney in the safest manner possible, and with less risk. [This is a good time to plug the need for an annual chimney inspection. You can find a CSIA Certified Chimney Sweep on our zip-code locator.]

We’ll continue to provide consumer training. (Have you visited our “Videos Helpful to Consumers” playlist on CSIA’s YouTube channel?)

For National Chimney Safety Week, CSIA is building it around two pillars. First, CSIA’s vision statement that was created in 2015 is that, “Every family enjoys a safe, warm home.” [Watch the video!]  Second, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission released statistics for residential structure fires, and their study shows that 21,200 unwanted blazes were attributed to fireplaces, chimneys or chimney systems in 2012, with an average of 22,700 occurring annually from 2010 to 2012. The decline in fires illustrates that years of dedicated public-awareness efforts by the Chimney Safety Institute of America, individual chimney sweep companies, and industries such as insurers and firefighters, is making a dent in the fire totals.The outreach needs to continue.  [Read our blog post].

So, America, enjoy your wakeboarding. At CSIA, we’re thinking about winter!


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