Chimney sweeps certified by the Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA) will kick off National Chimney Safety Week 2000 on Oct. 1. The event, which runs through Oct. 7, will promote a safety message that stresses importance of annual chimney and venting inspections in order to prevent loss of life and property due to fires and carbon monoxide poisonings. “Every year people are injured or die’or property is destroyed’due to malfunctioning, damaged or obstructed chimneys and vents,” said Greg Williamson, CSIA executive director. “In order to help protect the public’s safety, CSIA recommends that all chimneys and vents be inspected annually. Our organization also recommends that these inspections be performed by a CSIA Certified Chimney Sweep’. In 1996, there were 23,600 residential fires in the United States originating in chimneys, fireplaces and solid fuel appliances according to the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission. These fires resulted in 230 personal injuries, 130 deaths and $184.4 million in property damage. In addition to CSIA, the National Fire Protection Association also recommends that all chimneys be inspected on an annual basis. The CSIA, established in 1983, is a non-profit, educational institution, dedicated to educating the public about the prevention of chimney and venting safety hazards. For more information about chimney and venting safety, National Chimney Safety week or for a free copy of the brochure “Chimney Inspections Explained for the Homeowner” call (800) 536-0118 or visit the CSIA web site at www.csia.org. The CSIA is located at 8752 Robbins Road, Indianapolis, IN. 46268.