Swept Away To Safety

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The time for cooler weather is right around the corner, and as you make your make you fall "to do" list, don't forget your chimney.

The National Fire Protection Association says a routine chimney inspection and cleaning will help identify and resolve any structural and maintenance issues that might cause a chimney fire or carbon monoxide buildup in your home.

Professionals tell us they do much more than simply run a brush up the flue.

"When I come to your house to clean your heating appliance, to clean your flue, I'm going to be looking for more than just how much creosote buildup you have in the flue. I'm also looking for any damages to the flue tiles and to make sure that if it has been lined with a stainless steel flue liner that it is still in tact. I am also looking for any type of deformities or cracks you might have in your chimney cap, in your crown or on the outside of your chimney chase. There's a lot of things that go in to this that I'm going to be looking for," says Jim Keeling, of Keeling Chimney Service.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission reports that each year about 30,000 residential fires originate in chimneys.

To find a certified chimney sweep in your area, log on to www.CSIA.org or click on the HotButton on our homepage.

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