New years resolution paperWe’ve said goodbye to 2014 and are ushering in 2015 today.

As is tradition, you and your family may have already listed or are working on a list of resolutions for the New Year.

According to a 2014 report from LiveScience.com, the most common resolutions annually include: stop smoking; lose weight; get out of debt; quit drinking; spend time with family; and enjoy life more.

While all those ideas are great, we at the Chimney Safety Institute of America would like to offer up a few more suggestions for 2015 resolutions. They are all aimed at making you and yours safer in the New Year.

1. Resolve to schedule a chimney inspection: Annual chimney inspections are an important way to help prevent a fire or other dangerous conditions in your home. A CSIA Certified Chimney Sweep will examine the workings of the chimneys that vent your home’s heating systems, ensuring they are working properly and reducing the risk of fire or carbon monoxide intrusion into your living space.

2. Resolve to schedule a dryer vent inspection: Just like heating system chimneys, your clothes dryer vents pose serious dangers if they are clogged or otherwise not operating correctly. A CSIA Certified Dryer Exhaust Technician inspects, cleans and verifies that your venting system is sized and installed correctly. He or she can also clean lint and other collected debris from vents to reduce the risk of fire.

3. Resolve to make your fireplace safer: We’ve blogged about the safety measures you should take to prevent burns or other serious injuries around the fireplace. In 2015, it’s time to put our advice into action and employ screens, gates and safe-touch glass to keep your family safe as you enjoy your fireplace.

4. Resolve to buy the best firewood: The kind of firewood you choose to burn can have an impact on level of creosote that builds up over time in your chimney. Creosote is both corrosive and combustible, meaning it can damage the integrity of your chimney and increase the risk of a chimney fire. Keep in mind our tips for buying the best firewood each time you pick up a supply at your local store.