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We don’t know the fine folks at The Fireplace Factory in Long Island, New York, but we certainly appreciate the nice shout-out they gave the Chimney Safety Institute of America in a recent press release.

In the release [available to view here] The Fireplace Factory advocates for the need to regular chimney maintenance.

“Each Spring, homeowners shift into home improvement mode, but they usually do not add chimney cleaning to the list. Additionally, each year there are thousands of fires originating from chimneys. These fires can result in both millions of dollars in property damage and or death. Virtually all of these fires are preventable according to the Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA), a non-profit institution dedicated to educating the public about the prevention of chimney safety hazards. Both the CSIA and the National Fire Protection Association recommend yearly chimney inspections to prevent these hazards.”

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The press release accurately goes on to state that many homeowners believe that chimneys only need to be cleaned and inspected if they burn wood in their fireplaces.

As they say, in reality almost all heating appliances, whether they use gas, oil, or coal, rely on the chimney to safely carry toxic gases produced by the heating system of the house. A carbon monoxide detector can warn homeowners of potential poisoning after the deadly gas has already entered the living area. An annual check can help prevent carbon monoxide from entering the home in the first place.

MORE: Find a CSIA Certified Chimney Sweep using our free zip-code locator.

“Chimney safety should be a high priority for every homeowner,” they write. “With regular maintenance, your fireplace and chimney can provide years of wonderful use. A chimney professional can spot things that even a diligent homeowner could miss.”

MORE: Chimney Safety Institute of America VIDEO: Why a spring or early summer inspection is recommended.

If you are looking to find a CSIA Certified Chimney Sweep in New York, click here to see a list or find one in over 48 other states, from Oregon to Maine and Florida to Montana.ff