Did you know it’s good luck to see a chimney sweep on your wedding day? To truly experience the ultimate in good luck, be sure the bride gets a kiss and the groom a handshake from this unlikely harbinger of fortuity.
The tradition dates back to the 1700s when King George II was riding his horse in a procession. A snarling dog happened upon him and his startled horse rose up in fear. It was a chimney sweep who courageously came to the king’s rescue and quieted the frightened horse, possibly saving his life. From that day forward, all chimney sweeps were considered auspicious and have since been a sign of good luck.
Fortunately, though the luck of a sweep still remains today, the life of a sweep has changed dramatically. Long gone are the days when master sweeps trained young apprentices to shimmy up the inside of the narrow hot flues to dislodge the soot. Today’s chimney sweeps barely resemble their predecessors. These trained professionals use state-of-the art equipment for cleaning and closed-circuit cameras for inspection. They are specialized technicians able to service, troubleshoot and make suggestions to enhance clean burning fireplaces. At Fiddler on the Roof Chimney Service we’re Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA) certified. This organization requires sweeps to re-test every three years or demonstrate their continuing education by earning CEUs.
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