For many families the winter holiday season is the most joyous time of the year with the fireplace at the center of holiday celebrations. However, fireplace safety should never be ignored, especially during the winter when your fireplace will be used more often than usual. Let’s take a look at the top fireplace safety tips for the holidays.
Cleaning and Inspection
Before enjoying your fireplace this winter you will want to make sure that you get your annual chimney cleaning and inspection. A professional chimney sweep can remove soot, creosote and glaze build-up. These substances build up easily on the inside of the fireplace and chimney, increasing the chance of a chimney fire. In addition to removing this potentially hazardous build-up, a chimney inspection will reveal any cracks in your flue lining. This type of crack can cause heat from the fireplace to enter your home, possibly starting a house fire. To prevent potentially serious injuries, flue lining cracks must be repaired before using the fireplace.
General Fire Prevention
Before using your fireplace you will want to install smoke detectors on every level of your home. Remember to check the batteries regularly to ensure that alarms are working properly. Consider getting a carbon monoxide monitor as well. Carbon monoxide is extremely poisonous and completely odorless. Be careful when disposing of ashes from your fireplace so that you don’t start an unexpected fire. To reduce the chance of dangerous creosote build-up, burn manufactured fire logs such as Earth Log Fire Logs.
Holiday Fire Prevention
Wrapped packages and gift boxes are highly combustible. They should always be kept at least three feet away from your fireplace. Wrapping paper contains chemicals that cause it to burn at extremely high temperatures and should never be put inside your fireplace. In addition to wrapping paper, gift boxes and garbage, never burn your Christmas tree inside your fireplace. Trees that have not been dried out properly for burning can become a major fire hazard.
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