SACRAMENTO – As temperatures fall and you spend more time indoors in front of the fireplace, the last thing you want to think about is the condition of your chimney. Dirty chimneys can cause chimney fires, which damage or destroy homes and injure people.
Clean chimneys don’t catch fire. Make sure a professional chimney sweep inspects your solid fuel venting system annually, and sweeps and repairs it whenever needed.
Your sweep may have specific maintenance recommendations depending on how you use your fireplace or stove.
Before lighting a fire, make sure it is safe to do so. Be fire smart. Home fires occur more often in winter than in any other season. The chimney and the flue that lines it are there to carry dangerous gases from the fireplace or wood stove safely out of the home.
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