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.
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.
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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