Where should I place smoke alarms?
Install UL Listed smoke detectors and carbon monoxide (CO) alarms outside every sleeping area and near fuel-burning appliances.

How often should I change the batteries in my smoke alarms?
Some smoke alarms will beep when batteries need to be changed, but don’t rely on this. We recommend routinely changing the batteries in all smoke detectors at least twice per year. It’s convenient to remember to do this in the spring and fall when you adjust your clocks for Daylight Savings Time.

How many fire extinguishers should I have?
We recommend placing a fire extinguisher on every floor of the house. It is essential to have a fire extinguisher in the kitchen and the garage. Remember to have your fire extinguishers regularly tested and replaced when necessary.

How often should my chimney be professionally inspected and cleaned?
The National Fire Protection Association states, “Chimneys shall be inspected at least once a year….” Click here to learn more about chimney inspection and chimney sweeping.

What can I do about a smoking fireplace?
Sometimes you need to call a professional, and sometimes you don’t. Click here for simple do-it-yourself solutions to common chimney problems.

Are halogen torchiere lamps safe?
Place halogen torchiere lamps in locations where they cannot be tipped over by children, pets, or a strong draft from an open window. Do not allow curtains or other combustible materials to come in contact with torchiere lamps at any time.

Can clothes dryers cause fires?
According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, about 14,000 clothes dryer-related fires occur each year. Since dust and lint buildup is the major problem, CPSC recommends that you clean the lint filter after each load and make sure the dryer is operating properly. Check for dust and lint buildup in the exhaust duct and around other major appliances, such as washers, water heaters and furnaces. Take all the clothes out of the dryer after the cycle is done.

Our Portland Service Area

Located right here in Portland, Oregon, our chimney sweep technicians provide the best in chimney cleaning, fireplace installation and dryer vent care in the Greater Portland-Metro area. From North Portland down to Tualatin and Oregon City in the south, from Pleasant Valley in the east to Beaverton and Sherwood in the west – when it comes to your chimney, fireplace and vents, we hope you’ll call American Chimney & Masonry!

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To schedule an appointment with one of our expert technicians, please call 503-644-0393 or fill out our online scheduling form. With over 19,000 satisfied customers since 1989, we are ready for more! We look forward to visiting with you soon about your fireplace and chimney sweep needs.