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Columbus Chimney Sweeps Give Tips to Prevent House Fires

COLUMBUS (Andrew Michael) -- Blackburn's Chimney Sweeps, Inc. on 3rd Avenue in Columbus has been getting a lot of business lately.

With more people using their fireplaces to save on energy costs, experts recommend taking extra precautions to prevent flames from leaving the fireplace.

Blackburn's is considered a pioneer in using video to check the inside of the flue for any cracks. Such damage could allow the heat to escape, which could cause a fire outside of the chimney.

Additionally, creosote buildup in the flue can ignite, causing a flue fire. This could potentially lead to a bigger fire if the flue tiles crack. 

Residents were advised to get the flue cleaned at least once every cord of wood.

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