Before you light that first fire this year, you should know that a dirty, damaged, or blocked chimney can lead to a chimney fire or carbon monoxide poisoning in your home. So it’s important to have yours checked for your family’s safety.
The Chimney Safety Institute of America recommends that homeowners get their chimneys checked at least once a year by a certified chimney sweep. These professionals undergo rigorous testing that checks their knowledge of codes, practices, and standards of the trade.
Also, be sure that the company has a valid liability insurance policy. Also, ask if the company is a member of the National Chimney Sweep Guild, and make sure the sweep’s certification is current.
To find a certified sweep in your area, call 800-536-0118 or visit csia.org.