A chimney on an outdoor fireplace needs a chimney cap for all the same safety and style
reasons a house chimney needs one. An outdoor fireplace is typically a gathering place with
family and friends huddled within close range of the heat, likely focused on not only the warmth,
but the architectural details of the fireplace as well.
Few things are more comforting on a cold winter night, than a warm, wood-burning fire in the fireplace. But with that comfort comes concern for safety. Last year there were almost 30,000 fire department calls for chimney fires, all resulting in property damage and some relate to injury and death as chimney fires spread into house fires. At European Copper we take chimney safety very seriously.
We’ve all heard details of the devastation caused by recent hurricanes. The damage to homes and businesses will result in billions of dollars in losses. But without strict building codes such as those in Florida, the damage would be even greater. The verdict on Florida’s building regulations was evident after Hurricane Irma ripped through the state in September. About 80 percent of homes in its path had been built after the state revamped construction codes as a result of Hurricane Andrew in 1992. This is according to a building-code survey conducted by the Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety.
For most of us, a home is likely our biggest investment. But, like any investment, a home requires regular maintenance to guard against deterioration and also to ensure safety standards are updated. This is especially true for the chimney and fireplace system of the home.
Even though the summer heat still lingers, using your home’s fireplace may be the last thing on your mind, but completing some basic maintenance jobs can ensure your home is ready for the colder moths to come. That’s why summer can be a great time for not only cleaning your chimney, but updating safety standards and installing a new Chimney Cap as well.