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  • Preparing Your Fire For The Cold

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    Now that the weather is getting colder, it's time to prepare your fire for the cold weather. If you have a working fireplace, be sure to read these tips, courtesy of This Old House:

    Things to Know Before You Spark Up the Logs

    With natural gas and propane prices continuing to rise, you'll likely be looking to the old fireplace this winter to help cut your home-heating bills. But before you spark up the logs, take heed that fireplaces and chimneys are involved in 42 percent of all home-heating fires. So first make sure yours is up to snuff by following these seven safety tips.

    1. Hire a Chimney Sweep

    The National Fire Protection Association recommends that chimneys be swept at least once a year at the beginning of the winter to remove soot and debris. Find a certified sweep in your area via the Chimney Safety Institute of America.

    2. Check for Damage

    In addition to cleaning, a chimney sweep should inspect the chimney structure for cracks, loose bricks, or missing mortar. Chimney liners should also be checked for cracking or deterioration.

    3. Cap the Chimney

    A cap fitted with wire-mesh sides covers the top of the chimney and keeps rain, birds, squirrels, and debris from entering. Replace or repair a cap that's missing or damaged.

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