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

Using your fireplace after a power outage (#icestorm)

Power outages can occur during below-freezing weather, such as following an ice storm. You’ve got to plan ahead for alternative heating sources in that situation, and one possibility could be your fireplace. But a power outage is NOT the time to try out your fireplace  or wood stove for the first time in the winter … More Using your fireplace after a power outage (#icestorm)