Preventing Fires as a Mission

As part of our mission to build awareness of the causes and dangers of chimney fires, we recently opened the doors of our Technology Center to provide free classroom training, consisting of a modified Chimney Physics course, to fire departments in and around Indianapolis. The CSIA’s positive relationship with the firefighting industry is crucial to our goal of reaching as many homeowners … More Preventing Fires as a Mission

CSIA increasing awareness of chimney inspection issues at a journalism convention

The Chimney Safety Institute of America has a special surprise waiting for attendees at the Excellence in Journalism convention to be held in Orlando, Florida Sept. 18-20. In over 1,400 convention tote bags will be a business card with CSIA’s logo, and a chimney figurine zip-tied to it, with the phrase “Little Sweep, Giant Mission” … More CSIA increasing awareness of chimney inspection issues at a journalism convention

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

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

Why you want professionalism from your service provider, and that includes your chimney and venting

One of the benefits of hiring a chimney sweep or dryer exhaust technician certified through the Chimney Safety Institute of America is the professionalism that comes with the credential. A new blog post from John Rudy, senior marketing and strategy manager for Cintas Corporation, reinforces this business practice. In his article, Rudy states that “organizations speak … More Why you want professionalism from your service provider, and that includes your chimney and venting

When “thermal shock” inside a chimney flue creates a worrisome crack

        “Everybody hear that? everybody see it?” That’s what Chimney Safety Institute of America Instructor Michael Segerstrom tells 29 students as they react to one of the most anticipated demonstrations that is part of National Chimney Sweep Training School. The idea is to show chimney sweeps what occurs, often unseen, within the … More When “thermal shock” inside a chimney flue creates a worrisome crack

CSIAccess for February 2015

ROLLING INTO LANCASTER: CSIA’s new work vehicle (shared with our counterparts at NCSG) made its debut this week. “Work trucks” are a great way to promote your Chimney Safety Institute of America certification. It’s advertising on wheels, and we practice what we preach with our newly arrived vehicle: http://bit.ly/1Ab06bp CONVENTION REMINDERS:The 2015 NCSG Convention [click here for the … More CSIAccess for February 2015

An attorney weighs in on the benefits of being a CSIA Certified Chimney Sweep

An opinion piece from Eugene LaFlamme. The National Chimney Sweep Guild Convention is a great time to connect with old friends, network within the industry, and peruse the manufacturer show room. A critical component of the convention is also the continuing education opportunities it offers — namely, the CSIA’s Certified Chimney Sweep program. MORE: How … More An attorney weighs in on the benefits of being a CSIA Certified Chimney Sweep

Be cautious of snow-blocked vents, overuse of wood stoves, fireplaces in outages

The Chimney Safety Institute of America reminds homeowners in the northeastern U.S. impacted by the #blizzardof2015 that chimneys and vents for solid fuel and gas appliances must be cleared of snow and ice to enable proper venting and to prevent any carbon monoxide accumulation. Both are very real dangers. Don’t assume that the hot air … More Be cautious of snow-blocked vents, overuse of wood stoves, fireplaces in outages

What creosote looks like after it’s removed from a chimney [with video]

There are some things you have to see to believe. Yes, this looks as unappealing and formidable as you might be thinking. It is creosote, the No. 1 nemesis in the world of fireplace and wood stove lovers. Chimney sweeps certified through the Chimney Safety Institute of America employ all sorts of pole-mounted brushes and rotary sweepers … More What creosote looks like after it’s removed from a chimney [with video]