201 Health - - Disaster Preparation -

Dur­ing the pro­longed power out­ages af­ter Hur­ri­cane Sandy, chim­ney ex­pert Bill Bickel re­ceived al­most two dozen phone calls from home­own­ers who rarely used their chim­ney but wanted him to check them out im­me­di­ately so they could use them to heat their homes.

A bet­ter idea is to make sure your chim­ney is al­ways ready to go. Bickel, who owns Bill Bickel Chim­ney Sweep in Du­mont, sug­gests hav­ing your chim­ney swept and in­spected ev­ery two years. It’s not a bad idea to ask your chim­ney sweep to give some point­ers on light­ing fires. And if you use it fre­quently, have it cleaned and checked ev­ery 40 fires or so.

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