During this time of year fire danger is real all throughout the United States. The threat is of those devastating wildfires is real between the drought most of the U.S. has experienced and the cold weather, which is having people light more fires within their chimneys at home a nightly basis. This makes it especially important for each person to take responsibility for their own fire usage. When you look at the statistics provided by the National Park Service, up to 90% of wildland fires in the U.S. are caused by humans.
An easy way to help lower the risk of you starting a fire is by placing a metal mesh screen over your chimney, which will help block any sparks that drift up the flue. On a windy day, a spark can easily rise through your chimney and start a fire on your roof or float to nearby dry vegetation.
Some cities have a requirement for you to have a chimney cap mesh. You will need to look at your local laws to determine whether a chimney cap is required and/or what type of metal mesh that’s allowed for use on the top of your chimney.