To-Do #4: Trim Tree Limbs Near Roof and Chimney
In addition to inspecting and cleaning your fireplace and chimney, trim tree limbs growing close to it to prevent fires and chimney damage.
Make sure you have at least ten feet of clearance around all sides of the chimney flue.
Trim any branches growing near your roof, especially dead branches that overhang it. Not only are dead branches more flammable than live ones, but they’re also more likely to fall in a wind or snow storm and cause considerable damage to your roof, chimney, and gutters.