Spring Clean Your Chimney: A Clean Sweep for Safety

Chimney Sweep Safety

Clean safely – always wait about 24 hours after the last use before you attempt to clean the chimney.

Spring has a wonderful sense of renewal to it, so it’s no wonder you’ll find many a home owner and renter taking advantage of those Spring showers days and cleaning the house from head-to-toe. If you have a chimney in your home, it’s high time you performed a regular chimney cleaning, especially if you’ve been burning cozy fires all winter long. Cleaning your chimney is never quite a welcome task, but just as we want you to be safe in all your weekend warrior tasks, we want you and your family to be safe from the risk of carbon monoxide, too!

Chimney Cleaning Safety Supplies

The first step to ridding your chimney of excess soot and creosote is to: read the directions! It’s tempting to just grab the supplies and get on up in there, but it’s going to be a whole lot easier to get the in-the-know tips from someone who has done it before, or read an instructional manual. In addition to all the supplies you’ll need to clean the chimney, think safety – you’ll need safety goggles to protect your eyes from soot falling around you, DeWalt gloves built for tricky jobs like this, and a particulate respirator so you don’t breathe in all that soot, either!

Chimney Cleaning Tips and Tricks

  1. One of the best ways to make cleaning the chimney as painless as possible is prevention: dust the hearth weekly. This prevents soot from building up in the future, allowing for an easier chimney cleaning next time around.
  2. Clean safely – always wait about 24 hours after the last use before you attempt to clean the chimney. Wearing safety equipment, like safety goggles, gloves, and a respirator, might seem like it’ll get in the way of getting the job done, but you won’t have to worry about dust irritating your eyes or coughing and blowing soot all around you. Safety will simplify your chimney cleaning.
  3. Creosote is one type of chimney build-up – and very dangerous. It’s highly flammable, and can quickly lead to a fire in your chimney. Prevent creosote build-up by burning only well-dried wood intended to be used in your fireplace.
  4. Minimize soot build-up. Although it’s considered a normal build-up in your chimney, you can still take steps to minimize the amount of soot in your chimney. First, never pour water over burning embers – it’ll simply create a shower of ashes, plastering them on the walls of your chimney. Same goes for abrasive cleaners – you may think they’ll make chimney cleaning a whole lot easier, but they’ll actually lay the foundation for a dangerous chimney fire.

We’ll be Spring cleaning the Safety Glasses USA offices and the chimneys in our own homes, and you can bet we’ll be following these chimney cleaning safety tips and making it, well, a clean sweep! Make a commitment to keep chimney dust out of your eyes by wearing safety goggles – and build-up out of your chimney – this Spring.

Ali Saporito About Ali Saporito

Hi there! I'm Ali Saporito, and I'm happy to be posting on the Safety Glasses USA blog. I've always been an avid believer in putting safety first - after all, it truly isn't fun if someone gets hurt. I'll be posting on a variety of safety topics, and I welcome you to share your own viewpoints by posting comments on each post.

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Comments

  1. Good article with very well laid-out tips and tricks. I personally believe that cleaning a chimney can be a dangerous and difficult. I have heard of various incidents where the cleaning process has caused problems and certain types of risks for the ones doing the cleaning. As mentioned above using safety goggles is very important along with gloves and a respirator.
    With the right safety supplies and tools cleaning a chimney and your house in general becomes a much more tolerable task. Chimneys are often ignored in the entire cleaning process, so this is a solid reminder.