A chill is in the air. Here's how to stay safe when turning on your fireplace

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - Winter weather is on the way. Highs hit the 40s on Saturday and mid to upper 50s Sunday with more cold air on the way.

Experts with Barnhill Chimney say it's important to have woodburning and gas fireplaces inspected before using them. (WKYT)

Many of us have turned on the heat or started using fireplaces to keep our homes warm.

It's a good practice to have fireplaces inspected before using them.

"The National Fire Protection Organization recommends yearly inspection of your fireplace, and there's a very good reason why. When you have a fire, your smoke that goes up the flue, and that smoke condenses and forms a flammable deposit called creosote," said Brion Barnhill, the owner of Barnhill Chimney.

Experts will check for creosote and remove it when they check out a fireplace.

Barnhill says it's important to have gas fireplaces inspected as well.