Part Twelve - Where is Bert the Chimney Sweep When You Need Him?

Chim chimney, chim chimney, chim chim cher-ee...

Doesn't Dick Van Dyke come to mind for you when you think of chimney sweeps? He certainly does for me! And while he made light of a VERY dirty job, this is NOT one you want to tackle on your own!

Before you snuggle up next to a cozy fire, make sure your fireplace (or any heating appliance burning gas, oil, wood or coal), chimney and vents are clean and in good repair. That will prevent chimney fires and prevent carbon monoxide from creeping into your home.

Search for a sweep certified by the Chimney Institute of America. Prices will vary, but this is a very important task that should be left to the professionals! The safety of you and your family, as well as your home, depend on it!

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