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KIMT NEWS 3 - As we get ready for the winter, there are certain things you have checked at your house, like your furnace, for example.
But you also need to check out your chimney before you light the flame or you could be dealing with a much bigger problem.
The Mason City Fire Department is putting out the reminder.
Just a year ago one local family had their chimney catch on fire and it was an incident that put lives at risk.
Top Hat Chimney Services says it’s important to have your chimney fixed up and looked at least once a year.
Tom Kern, employee at Top Hat Chimney Services, says it's the small things he finds wrong in a chimney that can cause the biggest problems.
“The build up of creosote inside the chimney is the biggest one, whether they have caps on their chimney, whether there are liners in chimneys,” said Kern.
“Well a lot of it is safety, it's a safety issue not just for the residents but for us as well,” said Lieutenant Dustin Pillard with the Mason City Fire Department.
Pillard says they respond to at least three chimney fires a year, and he says never put the ashes from your chimney in a plastic bucket.
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