With the cooler weather upon us, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection and the Tehama County Fire Department recommend residents inspect their chimney flues, wood stoves, and home heating systems. 

Clean and inspect the chimney flue and check it periodically for cracks or damage to the sidewalls. Cleaning the chimney flue removes buildup of soot, tar, and ash. This can be done with a chimney brush. 

For those who do not have a chimney brush, CalFire offers residents free chimney brushes on loan at the following fire stations in Tehama County: 

– Red Bluff Headquarters – 604 Antelope Blvd Red Bluff - 528-5160 

– Paynes Creek Station – 29721 Hwy 36E Paynes Creek - 597-2641 

– Los Molinos Station – 7390 Sherwood Blvd Los Molinos - 384-2345 

–Bowman Station – 18355 Bowman Rd Cottonwood - 347-3473 

– Corning Fire Station – 988 Colusa St Corning -824-5546 

In addition, never use flammable liquids or excessive amounts of paper to start or accelerate a fire. Keep flammables away from heat sources. 

Never attempt to heat a structure with a device designed for outdoor use, such as a camp stove and do not burn charcoal briquettes indoors. Charcoal briquettes give off lethal amounts of carbon monoxide. If using a furnace, check furnace controls and emergency shut-offs to be sure they are working properly.

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