CSIA Names New Director of Marketing & Communications

In addition to his marketing and promotions experience, Whitt has extensive experience in crisis communications, through volunteering as a Disaster Public Affairs spokesperson for the Indiana region of the American Red Cross and through working directly with the Indiana Department of Homeland Security during emergency operations and national-level exercises … More CSIA Names New Director of Marketing & Communications

What the U.S. can learn as fire departments in England educate homeowners about chimney fires

You might think that of all places that know the value of a well-maintained chimney, the United Kingdom would top the list. After all, it was in 16th century England that the trend of fireplaces and chimneys really caught on. Yet, despite that head start, chimney fires remain as much an issue overseas as they are in … More What the U.S. can learn as fire departments in England educate homeowners about chimney fires

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

September’s here, and with it comes National Chimney Safety Week | What fireplaces get inspected?

 It’s hard to believe — until you see that the leaves on the trees have already started changing colors. Fall is just around the corner. The month of September starts hot and finishes on fire, in that it signifies National Chimney Safety Week, Sept. 27-Oct. 3. Your house’s chimney is easy to forget. It’s not … More September’s here, and with it comes National Chimney Safety Week | What fireplaces get inspected?

Firefighters, chimney and dryer exhaust, and why CSIA exhibited at #fri15

ATLANTA, Georgia — You have to wear multiple hats when you exhibit at a trade show featuring firefighters from all areas of the country, first-responders that represent large metropolitan populations as well as tiny towns. Some are full-time departments; others are volunteer. The multiple hats are necessary because attendees here at the Fire-Rescue International Show all have … More Firefighters, chimney and dryer exhaust, and why CSIA exhibited at #fri15

The top-down burn. Why a CSIA instructor says it’s the best way to use your firebox

Ready to talk about top down burns? We are at the Chimney Safety Institute of America. Even though the heat of August and September hasn’t left us, some cool mornings are signs that Fall is just around the corner. “It’s not pushed very much, but any of us that are around (expert mason/fireplace designer and … More The top-down burn. Why a CSIA instructor says it’s the best way to use your firebox

Sky lantern inside the CSIA lab lifts learning

Chimney sweeps certainly have seen flames before, but not like this. A CSIA instructor wanted to demonstrate the principles involved with hot air, so he brought in one of those sky lanterns you see lit and allowed to float outdoors. (A sky lantern, or Chinese lantern, is a hot air balloon made of paper, with an opening … More Sky lantern inside the CSIA lab lifts learning

Chimney Safety Institute of America’s vision statement – Every family enjoys a safe, warm home

At the Chimney Safety Institute of America, one half of our mission is to educate and certify industry professionals. By doing so, it helps us with the other half of our mission: Advancing public awareness. Why is that? Well, CSIA wants to make sure that when visitors looking to hire a CSIA Certified Chimney Sweep (CCS) or … More Chimney Safety Institute of America’s vision statement – Every family enjoys a safe, warm home

Summer smell? A CSIA expert on what may be causing that stinky chimney or odor in the fireplace

It’s a little-known fact that while we love our wood-burning fireplaces, they can stink. Especially in the warm-weather months. Sometimes, that odor coming from the chimney is the result of an animal invasion — critters that have made their way into the flue (and died, or left behind unmentionables). But often, it’s the chimney itself! We just … More Summer smell? A CSIA expert on what may be causing that stinky chimney or odor in the fireplace

‘Chimney-related incidents’ are no laughing matter

You may have seen in the news recently where a man in Arizona got stuck in a chimney after a prank nearly turned tragic in early July. The Chimney Safety Institute of America, a Plainfield, Indiana-based nonprofit with a dual mission of providing industry education/certification along with homeowner resources, has written about the issue of people … More ‘Chimney-related incidents’ are no laughing matter