The arrival of fall and cooler weather begs the question, “Is your fireplace ready?” Winter is now just around the corner — an exciting time of year for all of us anticipating the arrival of ski season in Stowe, and now is the time we need to prepare our homes for winter.

This time of year includes raking the leaves, clearing our gutters, and cutting back our gardens and shrubs, but it should also involve taking care of the fireplaces inside of our Stowe homes. Attending to our fireplaces is a precautionary measure that ensures a safer home any way you slice it.

Inspect your fireplace and your chimney. If this is not something you are capable of then hire a chimney sweep. A chimney sweep with experience knows what to look for and can clear any buildup to help avoid an accidental chimney fire. Likewise the fireplace itself should be examined for any cracks or issues.

The fireplace is one part of your home that you should never take for granted. Don’t assume your ashes do not contain flammable embers and as such always place them in a non-flammable container. Also, regardless of how frequently or infrequently you used your fireplace last year checking it out before you use it again is always a great idea. Thanks for reading this tip from your local Vermont real estate company!