Is Your Fireplace Safe?
Before you put the first log on or strike the first match you need to be sure that your fireplace and flue are safe. After all.... you're building a fire inside your house. Only a professional chimney sweep cleaning technician is certified to evaluate the safety of your fireplace.
The Chimney Safety Institute of America and the National Fire Protection Association say you should have your chimney cleaned and inspected once a year or more depending on use. Just because you haven't used it in a while is no reason to assume it is safe, all kinds of things such as animals can get in your chimney during the off season.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission's statistics show an average of 25,100 chimney fires responsible for 30 deaths and $126.1 million in property damage each year. An annual chimney inspection gives the sweep a chance to find cracks, creosote build up or other dangerous developments in your chimney. The sweep also has a chance to check the top of your chimney and make sure nothing has been knocked off allowing rain and the elements into your home. Of course if we get there and your chimney does not need sweeping then you will only be charged for the inspection. Putting off a sweep to save money is taking a dangerous chance.
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