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How to avoid chimney fires during power outages

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Since the power went out the phone has been ringing off the hook at Falco's Fireplace and Hearth store in Spokane. Since the power went out the phone has been ringing off the hook at Falco's Fireplace and Hearth store in Spokane.
SPOKANE, Wash. -

We keep hearing about them, Friday morning there was another chimney fire. This one was in North Spokane at Carlisle and Adams.  One reason these fires keep happening is because people aren't cleaning out their chimneys before lighting fires. 

Of course fireplaces are an excellent source of heat especially when you don't have your normal heat to depend on, but you need to make sure that your chimney is clean and make sure that there aren't any cracks in it.

Since the power went out the phone has been ringing off the hook at Falco's Fireplace and Hearth store in Spokane.  Many people are calling with questions about whether or not they can still use their fireplace without power

The answer is yes, but you need to keep a few things in mind like the condition of your chimney.    

"Chimney fires are made up of creosote or soot, that leftover exhaust going up the chimney and it builds up," says Grant Falco, General Manager of Falco's. 

"A chimney fire is a spark getting up into that chimney flue, catching that un-maintained chimney and catching that creosote on fire." 

Falco recommends making sure your chimney is clean and burning seasoned wood that is only 15 to 20 percent moisture.  He says you should burn it hot to burn the majority of the particulates.  Falco says you also have to be aware of cracks in the chimney.   

"That chimney fire is in that chimney and it's looking for oxygen to support that fire," says Falco.  "If it has a crack in the chimney where is that fire going to go?  It's going to go into the attic, it's going to spread through."

Falco recommends having your chimney checked once a year to prevent chimney fires from starting.  

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