Cleaning your fireplace and your chimney is important.  Getting your chimney swept with every cord or two you burn is a good rule of thumb.  It is important to at least begin each fire season with a good cleaning.

Here are some tips to get your fireplace/chimney in proper working order for the burning season, courtesy of the Chimney Safety Institute of America…

1 – Get an annual chimney check.  Have your chimney inspected and cleaned as necessary by a qualified chimney service technician.

2 – Keep it clear.  Trim tree branches and keep leaves at least 15 feet from the top of the chimney.

3 – Install a chimney cap to keep debris and animals out of the chimney.

4 – Install smoke and carbon monoxide detectors throughout the house and make sure you check the batteries and replace at least twice a year.