Fire Safety Tips From Critical This Winter

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Incorrectly used or poorly maintained fireplaces and chimneys can cause house fires, and offers safety and maintenance tips to homeowners to encourage fire safety for the winter. Every two hours someone died in a fire in the United States in 2005. Informative columns on fireplace and stove safety from, a how-to site offering ideas, articles and how-to resources to old-house enthusiasts, offers crucial advice to help ensure fire safety during the cold months.

With fire safety a key issue in winter due to incorrectly used or poorly maintained fireplaces and chimneys, offers safety and maintenance tips for homeowners of old and new homes. In 2005, someone died in a fire about every two hours in the U.S., and fires contributed to someone being injured every 29 minutes., a how-to site offering ideas, articles and how-to resources to old-house enthusiasts, provides information on how to take care of fireplaces and chimneys during the winter season to help prevent loss of life and injury due to residential fires.

Scott Gibson, a former editor at "Today's Homeowner" and "Fine Homebuilding" magazines, and other experts contribute columns to on topics like chimney and fireplace safety. For instance, in "Bringing an Old Chimney Up to Par" Gibson suggests that "Liners help keep flue gases where they belong. They isolate combustible building materials from high heat, and they prevent creosote and other by-products of combustion from seeping through porous brick and mortar" (

Resources on include a Q&A home repair section, informative columns and a directory of chimney repair services. Some columns include information about repairing chimneys in "Chimney Liners" ( and about kerosene heater safety in "Kerosene Heaters" ( Experts also discuss the importance of smoke detectors, hand-portable fire extinguishers and other important fire safety rules.

The U.S. Fire Administration states, "The residential fire problem represented about 83 percent of all fire deaths and 77 percent of the injuries to civilians in 2005." Additionally, between 1996 and 2005, residential structure fires caused the deaths of more than 3,000 people on average and nearly 16,000 injuries annually. is a complete old-house remodeling interactive Web site offering old-house enthusiasts how-to resources spanning several industries from cabinetry to architecture. includes before and after renovation pictures, feature articles, an online bookstore and a product showcase.


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