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Fireplace Safety Tips

Fire is one of the most dangerous elements there is! So, whenever you light one in your fireplace, it is important to remember a few safety precautions. This is especially true when you have children in your home. At All Seasons Chimney, safety is our top priority. That’s why we would like to remind you of some of the most essential fire safety recommendations you should be following. Practicing these tips will help keep you and your family safe from any accidental fires or other hazards this winter.

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If the damper is closed, smoke will not be able to exit out of the chimney as it is supposed to do. A closed damper could also cause toxic gases like carbon monoxide to blow back into your home. You will want to keep the damper open until the embers have completely stopped burning.

Only burn seasoned firewood.

Seasoned firewood has been allowed to dry for at least six months after it has been cut. It will produce less smoke and will give you longer lasting fires with more heat.

Keep your children safe.

Healthy Children suggests setting up a fireplace screen to keep your children from burning themselves on the glass fireplace doors. Never leave your children unattended in a room with a fireplace in use, even if you have a screen.

Prevent accidental fires.

Keep the area in front of your fireplace clear from combustible items. These include furniture, carpet, and curtains. Hot sparks and embers can easily jump out and start an accidental fire. The proximity to high temperatures can also be dangerous as well.

Be prepared.

Install smoke and carbon monoxide detector alarms throughout your home. You should place these alarms in the same room as your fireplace, on every level of your home, and outside each bedroom. Be sure to check the batteries in these alarms in the spring and the fall when you change your clocks for Daylight Savings Time. You should also have a fire extinguisher on hand, in case an accidental fire does break out.

Schedule an appointment for an annual chimney sweep and inspection.

To keep your fireplace and chimney working safely and efficiently, it is very important to have your chimney professionally swept and inspected every year. You need to have the creosote removed to avoid the chimney fire hazard. Plus, you need to make sure there is no damage that could be causing your chimney to be unsafe to operate.

Following these safety tips will help you be able to enjoy your fireplace with no worries this winter! Contact us at All Seasons Chimney for all of your chimney maintenance, repair, and installation needs in the lower Hudson Valley area.

Tips for Safely Operating Your Fireplace This Winter

Enjoying cozy warm fires is a favorite pastime of many, and knowing the best safety tips for operating your fireplace helps you to truly relax in front of the fire. At All Seasons Chimney, we place a high value on safety, and we would like to share with you some fireplace safety tips from the Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association (HPBA) so that you can reduce the risk of an accidental fire in your home this winter.

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Preventive maintenance is very important for several reasons.

Benjamin Franklin once said, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure,” and when it comes to your fireplace and chimney, this saying could not be more true. Having your chimney professionally swept and inspected every year before you light the first fire of the season ensures your chimney will work properly and efficiently over the winter. Other preventive actions to take include installing smoke and carbon monoxide detector alarms throughout your home, having a fire extinguisher on hand, and making sure the area around your fireplace is clear from flammable items.

Follow these tips when lighting a fire in your fireplace.

Open up the damper as wide as possible, and be sure that any buildup of ashes have been removed. Place discarded ashes in a metal container with a lid, and keep this container outside on a non-combustible surface. Build a safe fire by placing the largest pieces of firewood on the bottom and the smallest pieces of kindling on the top. Use your fireplace tools to tend to your fires, and always keep the firescreen closed when a fire is burning. You can use wadded up newspaper to help you get a fire started, but try not to overdo it.

Use common sense as you operate your fireplace.

Only burn seasoned firewood (wood that has been allowed to dry for at least six months after being cut) in your fireplace. This means you should never burn trash, plastic, or charcoal in the fireplace. Refrain from using liquid accelerants including gasoline to help light a fire. Never leave a fire unattended, especially if children and pets are in your home. A screen should be set up in front of the hearth area as well to protect kids, dogs, and cats from getting too close to the fire. You should also always be sure that a fire has been completely extinguished before closing the damper and going to bed for the night.

If you need more safety tips for operating your fireplace this winter, contact us at All Seasons Chimney. We are happy to help you reduce your risk of an accidental house fire.