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Fireplace Safety Ideas
Having a fireplace is a wonderful thing but along with the beauty of the flames, the crackling sound of the fire, and the sweet smell of smoke comes something very important safety! Being safe with your fireplace goes beyond just keeping a controlled fire. It goes to ensuring small children and pets cannot get close to the flames or glowing embers, it means that smoke and toxins do not back up into the home, and it means making sure the chimney is not clogged with bird or other animal nests, or other type of debris that could cause a fire.

To help you keep your family and home safe, we are recommending the following safety measures:
  • Have your chimney professionally cleaned every year in the fall before you begin using it

  • Keep stacked firewood carefully covered on top to ensure any rain or snow does not get to the wood and that air can circulate to help keep the firewood dry

  • Keep your fireplace hearth free of newspapers, magazines, toys, or anything combustible

  • Make sure all your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are working in the home

  • Be sure the door and glass gaskets are sealed properly before you light the fireplace

  • If you have gas logs, stoves, or fireplaces with inserts, you should have the burners serviced and the control access cleaned before being used. Often, dust, pet hair, and other debris can clog the gas jets.

  • NEVER leave open wood fires unattnded

  • ALWAYS have an adult operate the fireplace

  • Do not use candles or any type of combustible decoration on the mantle or hearth

  • Do not use the fireplace to burn an old Christmas tree

  • Be sure ashes are stored in a metal container that has a tight fitting lid

  • NEVER use any type of flame accelerant in the fireplace such as gasoline or lighter fluid

  • If you are going to light a fire in a snow or ice storm, check the chimney top first to ensure it is not clogged

  • Be sure the family has a fireplace safety course and that an escape plan has been implemented

By following a few simply safety steps, you could save you and your family from being harmed or even killed, or from having damage or destruction done to your home.

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