As temperatures begin to cool, now is the time to have chimneys inspected and cleaned to assure they're usable and safe for the season.
Chimney Sweep Gregg Brocklehurst is a full time firefighter for the City of Zanesville, as a side job Brocklehurst will clean, repair and reline chimneys. He said if a chimney has access build-up of ash and soot it's at risk of catching fire and burning, possibly causing damage to the chimney liner and your home.
"You can loose a whole home all it has to do is get to the house," warned Brocklehurst. "If you don't notice it, it's the middle of the night or something like that, and it possibly gets to the attic then it's going to burn a little bit before they notice it or a neighbor notices it."
With the recent economic downturn families are often looking for ways to cut back on expenses Brocklehurst said a secure chimney is not something to risk. Chimneys should be swept and checked annually.
"Safety is the main issue," said Brocklehurst. "People are wanting to save on either gas bills or electric bills, they think they can use their fire place or wood burner but it's a very good idea to have it inspected first."
To avoid chimney fires the Chimney Safety Institute of America suggests you use seasoned, dry wood to build smaller, hotter fires that burn more completely and produce less smoke. Never burn cardboard boxes, wrapping paper, or other trash.
Brock's Chimney Sweep-Relining: 740-455-2736