FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

April 18, 1995

 

Release # 95-104


WASHINGTON, D.C. -- CPSC, Fireplace Technologies Inc., of Louisville, Ky., is announcing a program to provide free kits to modify approximately 36,000 LockTop Fireplace Damper and Cap sets. The vent dampers might close if soot builds up and results in chimney fire. This could force smoke and flue gases back into the house, which may present a risk of death or injury from inhalation of smoke and carbon monoxide.

Although no injuries have been reported, CPSC is aware of two incidents in which the vent closed during chimney fires, potentially exposing consumers to hazardous smoke and carbon monoxide.

The box-shaped LockTop Fireplace Damper and Cap is 8 inches tall and has a hollow square, cast aluminum base ranging in size from 8 inches by 8 inches to 17 inches by 17 inches, depending on the model. The product's collapsible sides are connected to a solid cast aluminum lid.

The device can be permanently mounted to the top of a chimney and functions as both a damper and a chimney cap. The products were sold through chimney sweeps and wood fuel appliance contractors from December 1989 to the present.

Consumers who have a LockTop Fireplace Damper and Cap sets should contact the chimney sweep or contractor who installed the unit or call Fireplace Technologies at (800) 737-1067 for a free retrofit kit. The retrofit kit will be installed at no cost to the consumer and will prevent the vent from closing during chimney fires. All new LockTop Fireplace Damper and Cap sets purchased after May 15, 1995 will have the kit permanently incorporated into the unit.