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Fireplace Safety

1/4/2022 (Permalink)

Now that the cold weather seems to be hear to stay... We would like to ask.......

Are you using your fireplace safely and correctly?

-If possible, keep a window slightly cracked while the fire is burning.

-Is your damper/flue open? Keeping it open will drawl the smoke outside out of the house. You can easily check by looking into the chimney with a flashlight.

-Use dry, older wood. Wet or green wood causes allot of smoke and soot buildup in the chimney. Dry wood burns more evenly.

-Smaller pieces of wood gathered together burn faster, producing less smoke.

-Are you getting annual chimney inspections by a professional? This is not only for cleaning but to ensure there are no blockages that prevent smoke from escaping.

-The layer of ash in the bottom of your fireplace should never stand more than 1” tall. A thick layer restricts air supply.

-Safety screens are a must if you have small children. They prevent curious hands from being burnt on hot glass.

-Keep the area around your fireplace clear of anything flammable.

-Install smoke and carbon monoxide detectors and routinely check the battery.

-Always know where your fire extinguisher is located in case of emergency

-Frequently speak with your kids about fireplace safety

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