Chestnuts roasting on an open fire…
Jack Frost is nipping at noses and our families here at Northern Neck Insurance are beginning to prepare for the holidays just like yours. It may be the busiest time of the year as folks are shopping, visiting family and friends, and entertaining. And nothing is more impressive and happy than a decorated home! But our decades of experience tells us your house needs a little more than twinkling lights and balsam wreaths as your guests come in from the chill.
Cooking equipment may be the leading cause of home fire injuries and deaths, but followed closely by heating equipment. Did you know chimney fires account for 75% of home heating fires? Let’s keep those fireplaces and wood stoves running safely and effectively and guard against top home fire hazards!
The best way to prevent a chimney fire is to have an annual inspection and cleaning performed by a CSIA Certified Chimney Sweep.
We know what you’re thinking.
What a pain in the ash! Do I really need to have my fireplace or wood stove inspected and cleaned?
1. It’s a really messy job!
2. This deeper level cleaning removes flammable creosote build-up where you can’t reach.
3. They have expert knowledge and equipment.
4. They go in from the roof down- messy and dangerous!
5. They can make sure the top of your chimney is moisture, critter and debris free with a good spark arrestor cap.
The average cost of a professional cleaning and inspection is $80-$150. Don’t skimp here. It’s peace of mind and basic maintenance. Even gas fireplaces need to be inspected and cleaned. Remember the increased fire risks that come with these home heating heroes.
The bright side? Once you’ve had things professionally inspected and cleaned, you’re ready for the holidays. It’s that simple. We’ll cover season long maintenance later.
By the way, if you’ve never roasted Virginia chestnuts, it may be time to start a new family tradition! We recommend an easy-peasy and delicious oven recipe. And how about that great holiday song to help set the mood? Sing it, Nat!