No matter what type of fireplace you have or how often you use it, it is crucial to the safety of your home to have regular chimney inspections. The Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA) recommends annual inspections to ensure that your chimney is structurally safe and in good working order. Even those with gas inserts and appliances or those who no longer use their fireplaces should get annual check-ups to look for leaks, weather damage, or even small animals to prevent greater problems in the future.