Have a fire-safe chimney
Last updated 11/27/2008 at Noon
CAL FIRE advises that chimneys should be inspected and cleaned at least once a year. Creosote should be removed when it builds up one-eighth to one-quarter of an inch. A chimney should be free from obstructions and have a one-half-inch mesh screen on top. Always have a screen in front of a fireplace, and never let children play near the fire. Be fire safe, not sorry!