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Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Enjoy Your Woodburning Fireplace, But Keep It Safe

Even in our desert Tucson homes, we love our wood-burning fires on our cold (relatively speaking) winter nights.  We might have the windows cracked open, but many of us still like that warm and cozy feeling that a fireplace offers on our cooler nights.

But how often do we think of getting those fireplaces and chimneys inspected and cleaned?  We don't use them often but in Tucson we do tend to use them for years without giving a thought to potential buildups of creosote and soot inside the chimney.  Those deposits occur over time and can produce a chimney fire if not cleaned.

So whether you use your fireplace on a regular basis or even just occasionally, it is a good idea to get it checked and cleaned on a regular basis.  The Southern Arizona Better Business Bureau lists several local chimney sweeps (yep, they still call them that) that you can check out:    Tucson Better Business Bureau

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