TN Fireplace & Chimney provides fall safety tips ahead of National Fire Prevention Week

KNOXVILLE, Tenn., Sept. 24, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — TN Fireplace & Chimney, East Tennessee’s leading chimney care company and a proud supporter of Tennessee football, is speaking out on fall fireplace safety ahead of the National Fire Protection Association’s National Fire Prevention Week, which will be held Oct. 4-10.

“Obstructions and damaged equipment are leading factors in many chimney fires,” said Josh Cate, owner of TN Fireplace & Chimney. “Performance issues like smoke, a lack of ventilation or reduced heat output often indicate a serious safety risk. But most chimney fires are preventable, and a regular maintenance schedule will help homeowners keep their fireplace or stove running efficiently and safely.”

Cate and the TN Fireplace & Chimney team recommend the following safety tips for families planning to use fireplaces or stoves this year:

  • Burn only dry, seasoned firewood: Green, freshly cut wood is hard to ignite, smolders and produces less heat than wood that has been dried for burning. Green wood also contributes to the accumulation of creosote inside the flue, which is the leading cause of chimney fires.
  • Maintain safe boundaries: Don’t leave flammable material (wood, paper, matches, oil, fabric) near the fireplace or stove. Use a screen to prevent embers from escaping.
  • Ensure chimney is free of obstruction: A chimney cap can keep out animals and debris that could start a fire or interfere with proper ventilation. Seasonal inspections and cleanings prevent and remove buildup inside the chimney that increases the risk of fires and carbon monoxide poisoning.
  • Never leave the fireplace unattended: A small incident can become a major safety event quickly. Make sure someone is monitoring the fire at all times, and keep children and pets at a safe distance.
  • Schedule a cleaning and professional tune-up: Don’t wait for winter temperatures to arrive to get your fireplace or chimney ready. A professional inspection now will identify any issues or damaged equipment and set your chimney up for safety and comfort throughout the season. 
  • “Regular professional maintenance is the number one way to get the top performance from your fireplace or stove,” Cate said. “In addition, our technicians are trained to recognize potentially serious problems before they cause damage or require expensive repairs. We’re committed to helping homeowners in East Tennessee remain safe and comfortable. We believe that’s more important than ever right now, with many people continuing to spend more time at home and indoors.”

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    About TN Fireplace & Chimney
    TN Fireplace & Chimney, the leading chimney care company in East Tennessee and one of the fastest-growing chimney companies in the country, was founded in 2008 by Josh Cate to deliver industry-leading service based on technology, training and a full line of fireplace and chimney maintenance, repair, installation, cleaning and remodeling options. As a Tennessee-licensed contractor and a proud supporter of Tennessee athletics, TN Fireplace & Chimney deploys a team of highly trained technicians and advanced technology to provide the highest level of customer service throughout Knox, Anderson, Claiborne, Campbell, Morgan, Blount, Loudon, Sevier and Jefferson counties. For more information, visit

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