If you use your fireplace regularly, having the chimney cleaned at the end of the season is a must! According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, “an average of 25,100 chimney fires are responsible for 30 death and $126.1 million in property damage on average each year.” Though homeowners feel they can perform this annual maintenance themselves, the Chimney Safety Institute of America recommends hiring a certified chimney sweep. This organization notes that even a half inch of buildup can impede fireplace and chimney function, so it surely pays to maintain your fireplace.

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