Home Preservation

Fireplace and Chimney Maintenance
Lakewood Heritage Advisory Board

X Have a qualified person, known as a “chimney sweep,” clean the chimney regularly of creosote buildup. Creosote is the residue from burning wood, which can be a fire hazard.

X Chunks of bricks or mortar in the fireplace are a signal that the chimney needs immediate attention.

X If the copper flashing around the chimney that has changed from green to a dull brass color, it is becoming thin and may have pin holes.

X Install a chimney cap to keep out rain and deter birds and other animals from coming down the chimney.

X Burn only seasoned wood. Unseasoned wood will burn less hot, resulting in more creosote buildup.

X While enjoying a fire, use a decorative screen to keep burning embers and sparks from landing in the room. The style and shape of permanent glass doors should blend with the design of the fireplace.

X Make sure the flue damper opens and closes properly.

X Do not use flammable liquids such as lighter fluid to ignite a fire.

X Do not use the fireplace to burn telephone books, cardboard, wrapping paper, catalogs, newspaper, or Christmas trees. Use Lakewood’s recycling programs.

X Never leave a fire unattended.

For more information, contact the Chimney Safety Institute of America at 1-800-536-0118 or http://www.csia.org


The Lakewood Heritage Advisory Board was established to serve in an advisory capacity for the purpose of educating, informing and making recommendations to City officials, departments, boards and commissions, and the community on matters relating to historic preservation

The Lakewood Heritage Advisory Board may be contacted through the City of Lakewood Department of Planning and Development (216/529-6630). Information in this publication may be reprinted. Please credit the Lakewood Heritage Advisory Board, Lakewood, Ohio.

© 2005 Lakewood Heritage Advisory Board

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