Cost-effective chimney fire solution

Cost-effective chimney fire solution

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Cost-effective chimney fire solution

By Jason Burkholder, Fire Inspector, Surry County Fire Mashal Office

One more extinguishing agent for chimney fires is salt.

The department I grew up in used jugs of salt. They bought old military containers that had lids that tighten down and had a capacity of about ½ to 1 gallon. They would fill jugs with regular salt and then dump them into the chimney from the top when on fire. They were very easy to carry and very cheap to use.

It was one of those small town volunteer tactics, but worked very well and kept costs down.

Submitted in response to: Tactical Approaches for Chimney Fires

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Billy McKinley Billy McKinley Friday, November 09, 2012 4:37:07 PM We use baking soda in a Ziploc bag. Just pull the cap and send it down.
Thomas Siler Thomas Siler Saturday, November 10, 2012 4:06:50 AM sweet
Glen Garland Glen Garland Tuesday, March 04, 2014 5:14:49 PM We use dry powder in ziploc sandwich bags. Several can be tucked into a turnout pocket and carried up the ladder and dropped 1 at a time into the chimney extinguishing the fire!
William Drake William Drake Wednesday, April 02, 2014 2:47:31 PM It works and it is cheap!

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