The arrival of autumn means chilly nights are on the way, perfect for cuddling in front of a crackling fire.
But before that happens, be sure your fireplace is functioning properly by having it inspected and cleaned. The National Fire Protection Association recommends you do so every year. Annual chimney cleanings by professional sweep service will reduce creosote buildup and rid your chimney of other debris (such as nests and branches), reducing the risk of accidental fire as well as carbon monoxide poisoning.
Have a gas fireplace rather than wood burning? You'll still want to schedule that appointment to be sure your chimney hasn't become home to bird nests or other debris that may block the flue.