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FIREPLACE CHIMNEYS

Chimney Fires. The chimney vents hot gases, soot and embers from the fireplace. Over time, the inside of the chimney is coated with soot, which can lead to chimney fires. According to the National Fire Protection Association, there are 26,000 residential chimney fires each year.

Carbon Monoxide Poisoning. In addition, bird nests or other obstructions in chimneys can lead to carbon monoxide poisoning when gases are forced into units.

Inspection & Maintenance. Associations should inspect and clean all common area chimneys on a regular basis. Depending on the type of materials burned in fireplaces and their frequency of usage, chimneys could need cleaning every year.

Recommendation: Boards should consult with legal counsel to determine fireplace maintenance duties and with a professional chimney sweep regarding inspection and cleaning schedules.

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