Chimney Sweep Before Snow Flies

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An outbreak of chimney fires in Fremont County last week brought up some concern for residents.

Firefighters are encouraging people to fire proof their homes and how to avoid winter chimney fires.

“Making sure you have working smoke detectors in your homes making sure the batteries are charged testing them,” said Ashley Sawtelle from the Fremont County Fire Protection District.

“Cleaning your stove is something that should be done at least once a season.”

What causes a chimney fire to occur?

"That creosote that's developed when smokes going up the chimney is what collects on the inside of your pipes as creosote, a hot sparkle said that volatile material on fire and then you've got a chimney fire,” said Bill Stange, Porter Sales Manager/Chimney Expert.

There are some tell-tale signs to look out for, before chimney fires start.

“The best way to tell that you're having issues with creosote is if the stove starts puffing or not drawing as good or fast as it used to.”

You don't need to hire an expert to clean your chimney; you can do it yourself with self-cleaning chimney supplies.

If you don't feel comfortable cleaning your chimney yourself, hiring an expert is recommended.

For those of us who frequently use a wood stove, chimney specialists recommend a chimney sweep twice a season to prevent fire outbreaks.