According to reports, there have been four working fires in Northern Westchester associated with chimney fires, including one on Route 117 in Bedford Hills.
To avoid chimney fires:
•Use seasoned woods only;
•Build smaller, hotter fires that bum more completely and produce less smoke;
•Never burn cardboard boxes, wrapping paper, trash or Christmas trees; and
•Have the chimney inspected and cleaned on a regular basis.
Have your chimney cleaned by a professional before the fire department needs to come clean your chimney with a high power hose.