Brrrrr! Can Someone Turn on the Fireplace?
It’s that time of the year again where all you want to do is cuddle up in front of the fireplace with some fuzzy socks, a pillow, and that book you have been trying to finish for months. Before you get too comfortable, however, make sure you are taking the appropriate precautions to ensure your fireplace is running safely.
Why is Checking your Fireplace Important?
- There are thousands of chimney fires each year in the US that can cause millions of dollars worth of damages, severe injuries, and potential loss of life.
- Undetectable chimney fires can occur and you may not even realize it until inspection.
Tips to Keep in Mind Before Cuddling Up by the Fireplace
- Be sure to check both your carbon monoxide and smoke detectors every month and replace the batteries at least once a year.
- When making a fire, use seasoned, dry wood to prevent excess smoke and soot buildup.
- Crack open a window to let in a supply of fresh air (optional, but strongly recommended).
- Make sure the damper is open before you start fire (close it after all embers have gone out completely).
- Have your chimney inspected annually to ensure that there are no blockages, such as bird or rodent nests which could prevent smoke from venting and result in a potential fire.
- Finally, NEVER leave a fire unattended.
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