Member Sweep to take part in event at Tryon Palace in Oct.

Member sweep Bob Priesing of Havlock Chimney & Venting will take part in this event at North Carolina’s Historic Tyron Palace in New Bern during National Fire Prevention Week in Oct.




                 Contact:  Tryon Palace:  Trish Ashburn (252) 639-3511


                Office of the State Fire Marshal:  Marni Schribman (919) 733-5328


                Havelock Chimney & Venting:  Bob Priesing (252) 447-3611


Release: October 5, 2011

Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin To Observe

National Fire Safety Week at Tryon Palace on October 10

NEW BERN – N.C. Insurance Commissioner and State Fire Marshal Wayne Goodwin will urge citizens to “protect your palace” in observance of National Fire Prevention Week at Tryon Palace on Monday, Oct. 10. Goodwin joins Bob Priesing of Havelock Chimney & Venting for the cleaning and inspection of chimneys at the Governor’s Palace and the Kitchen Office, where colonial cooking was at its finest.

National Fire Prevention Week, Oct. 9 – 15, promotes reducing the risk of home heating fires in December, January and February, when half of all U.S. home fires occur. Fire destroyed the original Tryon Palace, North Carolina’s first colonial state capitol, in 1798. Goodwin will share remarks at the 10 a.m. event, along with Danny Meadows, Director of Facilities Services at Tryon Palace.

Although fireplaces conjure up images of warmth and comfort, they are a significant source (36 percent) of home heating fires. Sticky, oily, combustible creosote, created when wood does not burn completely, rises as a liquid and deposits on chimney walls, factoring into nearly one-fourth (23 percent) of home heating fires annually.

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) are teaming up to reduce the risk of these and other home heating fires. As part of their joint fire safety campaign, “Put a Freeze on Winter Fires,” both nonprofit organizations say that chimneys should be inspected and cleaned annually by a qualified professional.

Winter fires are preventable! For more heating fire safety advice from NFPA and USFA’s “Put a Freeze on Winter Fires” campaign, visit

About Tryon Palace

Tryon Palace, located in New Bern, NC, is part of the Office of Archives and History, an agency of the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources. Tryon Palace is one of North Carolina’s most significant historic sites. It is the home of the Governor’s Palace, North Carolina’s first colonial and first state capitol, and includes historic buildings, gardens and the North Carolina History Center, which revolutionizes the visitor experience through use of the latest interactive technology. The History Center includes galleries, a performance hall, the museum store and a waterfront café. Tryon Palace’s mission is to engage present and future generations in the history of North Carolina from early settlement in 1710, the development of statehood and into the mid-twentieth century. It is dedicated to collecting, interpreting and preserving objects, buildings, landscapes and events that enrich understanding of the making of our state and nation.

Main entry to Tryon Palace is North Carolina History Center at Tryon Palace, 529 S. Front St., New Bern. Tickets and visitor information are available there. Visitor information is also available at the Tryon Palace Way Station, corner of George and Pollock streets in New Bern. For directions and further information about special events, programs or group tours, employment and more, visit our web site: or phone (800) 767-1560 or (252) 639-3500.

About the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources

The N.C. Department of Cultural Resources annually serves more than 19 million people through its 27 historic sites, seven history museums, two art museums, the nation’s first state-supported Symphony Orchestra, the State Library, the N.C. Arts Council, and the State Archives.

The N.C. Department of Cultural Resources champions North Carolina’s creative industry, which employs nearly 300,000 North Carolinians and contributes more than $41 billion to the state’s economy. To learn more, visit


information provided by N.C. Department of Cultural Resources,


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