Chimney fires are more common that we’d like on Gabriola. Please make sure that your chimney has been cleaned and is properly maintained, so that you won’t be the one with the chimney fire!
If your chimney is on fire
If your chimney is on fire, follow this advice:
If you realize a chimney fire is occurring, get everyone out of the house and call 911.
After calling 911 for fire department assistance and. if you can do so without risk to yourself, these additional steps may help save your home; however, remember that homes are replaceable – lives are not:
- Have a sandwich baggie full of baking soda near the fireplace and toss it into the fire; or, toss a small amount of water (less than one cup) on the fire.
- Cut off the air supply to the fire by closing dampers, fireplace doors, etc.
- From ground-level outside, if practical and safe, use a garden hose to spray down the roof (not the chimney) so the fire from the top of the chimney will not spread to the rest of the structure.
- Wait outside for the firefighters to arrive.
Source: Denman Fire.
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