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Fireplace Safety & Maintenance Tips

Jan 27, 2016

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Fireplace Safety & Maintenance Tips

Keep your fireplace in great shape with these fireplace safety & maintenance tips!

Sitting by a fireplace on cold winter nights can be cozy. But using a fireplace can be dangerous. Be sure to maintain your fireplace to keep you and your home safe all winter long with these fireplace safety tips.
  • Have your chimney regularly inspected by a professional. They can find and help repair any damages.
  • Clear the area around the fireplace of any materials. Keep a minimum of a three-foot perimeter.
  • Make sure that your chimney is clean and free of any debris or small animals. Have a chimney cap installed to help keep it clean.
  • Always open the flue before you use the fireplace. Proper ventilation is important.
  • Use the metal mesh screen when your fireplace is in use. It helps to keep the embers from flying around your living room.
  • Only burn approved materials. Use dry wood and never burn plastic as it releases hazardous chemicals.
  • Keep a fire extinguisher on hand.
  • Never leave open flames unattended. Be sure to extinguish the fire before you leave the house or go to bed.
  • Don’t close glass doors to your fireplace while a fire is burning.
  • Be sure that you have a smoke detector and carbon monoxide detector installed in your home.
  • Make sure the ashes cool before you throw them out. Hot embers are a fire risk.
  • When lighting a fire be mindful of how you do it. Use a match or lighter.
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