Temperatures have plummeted in recent weeks, leaving many seeking the warmth and comfort of a fire.
However, it is important to practice Fireplace Safety in the Home by using these following precautions:
Keep Your Chimney Clean
- Have your chimney regularly inspected and cleaned by a licensed chimney specialist. Ideally you should have your chimney checked once a year. This will help ensure that your chimney is functioning safely and efficiently.
- Be sure to keep the area around the hearth clear to avoid items catching fire.
Keep Fires Burning Safely
- Never use flammable liquids to start a fire. You should only use a match or commercial firelighter.
- Glass doors of a fireplace should be kept open while burning a fire. This allows the fire to receive enough air for complete combustion and helps reduce soot building up in the chimney.
- Never use wet wood in your fire. This can also increase soot buildup, which can lead to chimney fires.
- Do not burn plastic as it can release toxic chemicals causing damage to your chimney, fireplace or stove.
- If you are leaving the house or going to bed, you must fully extinguish your fire.
- Allow ashes to cool before disposing of them and do not empty your ashes directly into your bin.
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