SPRINGFIELD, Mo.–We might still be a couple weeks away from the winter season, but it doesn’t feel that way outside. As the temperatures start to drop, business is up at one Springfield chimney sweeping company.
Experts say you need to have your chimney cleaned at least once a year or risk a fire starting.
A house fire is what can happen if your chimney isn’t taken care of.
“It takes just a simple phone call to have somebody come out to make sure your chimney is in good condition to prevent one,” says Cara Erwin of the Springfield Fire Department.
So before Santa can make it safely down the chimney this holiday season, it’s people like Vernon Smith of Smitty’s Chimney Sweeps and Stoves who can help.
“If you called me today, I may not see you for three weeks to a month,” says Smith.
Smith and his team are cleaning chimneys left and right.
“Yeh very busy,” says Smith.
As temperatures drop and costumers are turning up the heat, Smith says to be cautious of this.
“Smoldering and green wood major cause of flue fire,” says Smith.
“If you do use a wood burning fire place, you want to make sure that’s extinguished before you to go to bed,” says Erwin.
So it’s not just cookies and milk to check off the list before calling it a night.
“Don’t ever leave burning embers in your fireplace before you go to sleep because that’s a recipe for a very serious situation,” says Erwin.
And Santa wouldn’t be happy.
The Springfield Fire Department says that home heating fires are the number four cause of house fires in the city.
Within the past two years, they’ve responded to 17 chimney fires.