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I go to my doctor’s office for a checkup every year. They draw blood, tap me on the knee with a funny looking hammer, ask me all kinds of personal questions, and—the worst part of all—make me get on the scale to record my weight. I never look forward to these appointments, but I want to make sure nothing is wrong with me.
Many of us schedule an annual checkup. But how many of us do the same for our fireplaces? According to NFPA’s heating safety information, including the heating safety tips sheet, it’s important to maintain heating equipment and chimneys by having them cleaned and inspected annually by a qualified professional. The Home Fires Involving Heating Equipment report says that more than half of home fireplace, chimney, and chimney connector fires involve failure to clean as a factor contributing to ignition.
As part of the “Put a Freeze on Winter Fires” campaign to promote fire safety during the winter, NFPA and the United States Fire Administration encourage everyone to heat their homes safely.
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