Tips to Enjoy Your Fireplace Safely

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Nothing beats sitting around a fireplace on a cool, autumn day. However, homeowners must take proper precautions when using fireplaces to avoid damaging their house and endangering loved ones.

If proper care is not taken, fireplaces can cause a multitude of dangers. These include unwanted fires, potential explosions and the release of harmful toxins and carbon monoxide. Here are measures homeowners can take to prevent these dangers from happening:
  • Inspect chimney annually
  • Use your fireplace for less than five hours at a time
  • Keep glass open to prevent chimney from overheating
  • Use screen to prevent embers from escaping the fireplace
  • Keep children away from fireplace while being used
  • Keep consistent air flow in room of fireplace by opening windows or doors
  • Avoid using charcoal due to the release of carbon monoxide
  • Do not use gasoline or other fuel to light the fire
  • Do not burn plastic
  • Minimize use of paper in the fire
  • Make sure no flammable items are close to the fire
  • Clean your chimney regularly

Fireplaces can be great for heating a room and creating a cozy environment in the colder months. Unless proper precautions are taken when using a fireplace, however, a cozy fire can turn into a huge hazard. When using your fireplace, regularly check the condition of the fire and fireplace to make sure you aren’t taking any unnecessary risks.

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