Special Report - Chimney Fires
U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission
Solid Fuel Facts
Solid fuel-related fires in that year accounted for 11.2 percent of all residential fires and 51 percent of all fires attributable to heating equipment problems.
In 1989 - 57,500 residential fires in the 50 states were related to solid fuel appliances and equipment.
The cost of property loss in fixed heater fires was $100.4 million in 1989.
Chimneys were cited as the cause of 28 percent (15,900) of all solid fuel-related fires in 1989, and estimated property loss were $63.3 million.
Chimney connectors were reported as the cause of 5 percent (3,000) of all solid fuel-related fires in 1989.
Fireplaces accounted for 17 percent (9,600) of all solid fuel-related fires.
Property damage loss caused by fires originating in chimney and chimney connectors in 1989 and total property loss was set at $81.6 million.
In all, 100 people died and 330 people were injured as a result of solid fuel-related fires in 1989 and total property loss was set at $249.2 million.
In addition, 6,000 residential fires were attributed to chimneys and chimney connectors serving heating systems burning liquid and other fuels. These fires caused $24.9 million in property damage.
These statistics do not reflect carbon-monoxide-induced deaths or illness caused by blocked, damage or deteriorated chimney systems.
The data contained in this report has been excerpted from a memorandum released by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission on January 8, 1992. The subject of the memorandum is "1989" Residential Fire Loss Estimates."
It is important to have your chimney inspected and cleaned at least once a year by a qualified sweep.
Cleaning also removes dangerous creosote deposits that can build up in your chimney. These deposits can potentially ignite causing damage to your chimney and possibly your home.
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