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WE live in an old 3+story home. Many bricks from our chimney fell off the chimney on Monday..My question, Is it safe to stay in the home in the extreme cold/weather? Our furnace is gas boiler in the basement and we have old radiators which we have to bleed prior to turning on the heat. Also, the roof is a flat roof. Thanks for any help!

Contractor's Assistant: Did you double-check the thermostat's settings? And what about the filters?

The thermostat has remained the same set temperature; No,no filters were checked in the basement on the furnace.

Contractor's Assistant: Do you plan on doing the work yourself?

NO- I person living in the house is a rather ill 74yr. old female; the other person is a 70 yr old female who has difficulty doing steps.....

Contractor's Assistant: Anything else we should know to help you best?

My main concern is if it is safe to stay in the home from which bricks have fallen from the chimney,and I if nothing is done to the chimney until after winter is done, will it break our the furnace /or heating system??? Do we run a risk of caarbon monoxide fumes in the home??? As you can see

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As long as the chimney has intact brickwork a extending a couple feet above the roof line you're OK for now. This will need to be addressed at some point. The sooner the better. You should have at least 1 carbon monoxide detector on every floor level of the house.

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