Putnam County Director of Consumer Affairs Jean Noel, Putnam County Executive MaryEllen Odell and Putnam County Sheriff Donald B. Smith are reminding residents that autumn is the time for annual chimney inspections and related services.
Many people are unaware of risks when heating with wood and solid fuels. Heat fires account for 36 percent of residential home fires in rural areas every year. Often these fires are due to creosote buildup in chimneys and stovepipes. All home heating systems require regular maintenance to function safely and efficiently.
Extra vigilance should be given to those working on residential chimneys. Each year, the county’s consumer affairs department receives reports of unregistered chimney sweeps operating in Putnam County.
Director Noel, County Executive Odell and Sheriff Smith urge residents to have their chimneys inspected and serviced by a reputable company to prevent fire-related tragedies. They recommend that homeowners contact the local consumer affairs office to ensure prospective contractors are registered. Visit putnamcountyny.gov/consumeraffairs or call 845-808-1617, ext. 46128.