Your Home Fireplace Needs 1 Simple Thing Before The Holidays

Chestnuts roasting on an open fire…

Jack Frost is nipping at noses and our families here at Northern Neck Insurance are beginning to prepare for the holidays just like yours. It may be the busiest time of the year as folks are shopping, visiting family and friends, entertaining and so much more. And nothing is more impressive and happy than a decorated home! But Northern Neck Insurance experience tells us your house needs a little more than twinkling lights and balsam wreaths. And your guests will want to come in from the chill to warm festivities.


Cooking equipment may be the leading cause of home fire injuries and deaths, but followed closely by heating equipment. Let’s keep those fireplaces and wood stoves running safely and effectively and guard against top home fire hazards too! Just do one critical thing:

Have an annual professional inspection and cleaning by a certified professional.

We know what you’re thinking.

What a pain in the ash! Do I really need to have my fireplace or woodstove inspected and cleaned? 


Here’s why:

  1. It’s a really messy job!
  2. This deeper level cleaning removes flammable creosote build-up where you can’t reach.
  3. They have expert knowledge and equipment.
  4. They go in from the roof down- messy and dangerous!
  5. They can make sure the top of your chimney is moisture, critter and debris proof with a spark arrestor cap.

The average cost of a professional cleaning and inspection is $80-$150. Don’t skimp here. It’s peace of mind and basic maintenance. Remember the increased fire risks that come with these heating heros. 

The bright side? Once you’ve had things professionally inspected and cleaned, you’re ready for the holidays. It’s that simple. We’ll cover season long maintenance later. 

By the way, if you’ve never roasted chestnuts, it may be time to start a new family tradition! We recommend an easy-peasy and delicious oven recipe. And how about that great holiday song to help set the mood? Sing it, Nat!

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