An innovative new product which automatically cleans chimneys when soot builds up thereby preventing chimney fires, could help bolster employment in North Tipperary with a manufacturing plant set to be established just over the border in Portumna, County Galway.
Chimneysafe has the potental to create some 300 jobs in the manufacturing end, but there will also be positions in the slaes and installation of the units which are slowly making their way around the country at the present time.
The fully computerised unit detects when a build up of soot or tar occurs and releases a chemical solution which pours down the flue and turns the harmful material into firedust. It means that chimneys do not have to be cleaned and ensures that fires will not occur, thereby saving potential fire brigade call-out fees.
The product is the brainchild of Portumna man Frank Forde and is currently being manufactured in Annacotty, County Limerick. However, Frank will be establishing the manufacturing unit in Portumna and will be drawing on the workforce from into North Tipperary as part of his plans.
More locally however, Drom man Martin Everard and his company Everard Fire have taken on the franchise of the ChimneySafe product and Martin told The Tipperary Star that he can see the concept taking off in a big way.
“We are stocking and suppying the product and I would see it as being one of the better products out there at the moment. You won’t have to clean your chimney, you don’t run the risk of having a fire, and it can help with the prevention of carbon momoxide damage as well,” said Martin whose comapny supplies and caters for many businesses and commerical units in the Mid and North Tipperary areas as well as much further afield.
“The controls will be installed internally, close to the chimney, and it requires servicing once a year. It is fully guaranteed for ten years, provided it is serviced as it should be,” Martin told The Tipperary Star this week.
Upon installation, the unit will clean your chimney every hour for a predetermined amount of time, depending on the buildup in the chimney. When the chimney is then back to it’s original state, the unit will automatically process a cleaning cycle every period of 200 hours of fire usage ( approximately every 4-6 weeks) to ensure no build-up will occur again.
Full story in this week’s Tipperary Star.