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Be sure your fireplace and chimney are ready for this year's cold weather.
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#Chimney   #Safety  Tip:
Before making a fire, open the glass doors, pull aside the screen curtains, and place the kindling, newspaper and logs inside. Next, open the damper and a window. The window needs to be open only a few inches. You can check to make sure the smoke will go up the chimney properly by lighting a match, quickly blowing it out and watching the smoke to see whether it's going up and out.

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The byproduct of enjoying a crackling flame is creosote buildup (the major cause of chimney fires) and soot, which can restrict air flow and damage the fireplace chimney. Even a gas fireplace chimney can become blocked by a bird’s nest or other debris. Prevent problems with an annual chimney inspection.

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 If your wood is wet or not fully cured, it will not burn as hot as dry wood. It will also smoke more. Burning wet wood leads to creosote building up faster in your chimney. 

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Fall chimney maintenance and proper cleaning are key steps to keeping your family safe and warm as the temperatures drop. Neglected chimneys accumulate creosote, a combustible byproduct of charred wood, along their walls. Add to that a high internal flue temperature and you've got a potentially dangerous chimney fire on your hands.

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Only some of the preparation on your furnace falls on you, or at least is safe for you to do. However, recognize how comfortable you might be doing some dirty work.

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If your chimney hasn't been inspected this year, now is the time to have it done.
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These step-by-step instructions prove how easy it is to repair a chimney hole and create a sloped crown in order to avoid water leakage. Or, call in a pro and we can do the work for you, as well as inspect for any other potential problems.

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The function of a chimney is to draw smoke and gases away from the burning fire and out of your home. This is not merely a matter convenience, though. The smoke from a fire can contain dangerous gases, among them carbon monoxide, an odorless, colorless gas that can cause illness, or even death, in large amounts.

The other function of your chimney flue is to keep excessive heat from building in your home. Cracks in a chimney can leak heat into the surrounding walls, and lead to structural damage or even house fires

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Memorial Day remembers those who gave all; Veterans Day honors those who served; Armed Forces Day those now serving.
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