Chimney fires are incredibly dangerous, but while you think you will definitely know if your chimney has burst into flames, few know the actual signs. As you have a fire in the hearth and fires will rise up, a fire in your chimney may not be immediately noticeable, and the time it goes unnoticed only makes it more dangerous. While preventing chimney fires should be the number one goal, you will want to know the signs so you can call emergency services as soon as possible.
Signs a chimney fire has started include:
- Loud crackling and popping noise outside of the hearth
- A low, but loud rumbling similar to an airplane flying low overhead
- Dense smoke that is no longer being vented
- Hot, strong smell
- Flames rising out of your chimney on the exterior
One of the most obvious signs of a chimney fire is the last one. If you physically see flames rising out of your chimney, you need to call 911 right away. However, if you notice any of the other signs, you may want to extinguish the fireplace in the chimney so you can better spot the signs. The earlier you catch a chimney fire, the less damage it can do.
One of the best ways to stop a chimney fire from happening is to keep your chimney clean. This means regular cleaning before the fireplace season starts up and only burning properly cured wood to keep creosote build up low. If you have a chimney that has been through a fire or you want to keep this scary possibility at bay, contact us today. Fiddler on the Roof Chimney Service can not only keep your chimney clean, but repair damage to it as well to keep you home safe and your fireplace cozy.