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CSIA: Chimneys should be inspected annually

November 25, 2018

BROOKFIELD — With the cold weather creeping its way into homes across the northeast, the Brookfield Fire Department is urging residents to ensure their chimney is cleaned and checked before using it this season.

“Chimney and wood stoves should be cleaned and inspected yearly, more if used often,” fire officials said.

The Chimney Safety Institute of America said a chimney, and the flue that lines it, can carry dangerous gases from a fireplace, wood stove or furnace safely out of a home. But in order to do that, it must be properly cleaned and maintained.

Dirty chimneys can cause chimney fires, which can damage or destroy homes. An indication of a chimney fire is typically a loud cracking or popping noise, followed by a lot of smoke.

“Chimney fires can burn explosively — noisy and dramatic enough to be detected by neighbors or people passing by,” the CSIA said. “Flames or dense smoke may shoot from the top of the chimney.”

And the best way to prevent becoming a victim of a chimney fire is to have an annual inspection done by a CSIA-certified chimney sweep.

Build-up in a chimney can be caused by restricted air supply, unseasoned wood and cooler than normal chimney temperatures.

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