It’s getting snowy out there and that makes it the perfect time to get cozy and watch a movie snuggled up by the fire. But don’t forget safety first!
Here are a few tips for maintaining a safe and clean fireplace in your home:
- Have your chimney inspected and cleaned at least once a year by a professional chimney sweep. This will help prevent creosote buildup and other hazards that can lead to chimney fires.
- Ensure you are using only dry, seasoned wood in your fireplace. Green or wet wood can produce more creosote and can also make it harder to get your fire started and to keep it going.
- Keep the area around your fireplace and chimney clear of debris and combustible materials. This includes newspapers, kindling, and firewood….and home decor!
- Install a chimney cap to keep out rain, snow, and animals. This can prevent water damage and blockages in the chimney.
- Make sure you always use a fireplace screen to keep embers and sparks from flying out of the fireplace.
- Make sure you have a working carbon monoxide detector in your home and check it regularly. This is important for so many reasons!
- Never ever, ever leave a fire unattended and make sure it is completely out before going to bed or leaving your home.
- Keep the damper closed when the fireplace is not in use. This will prevent drafts, which can affect the efficiency of the fireplace and also the energy consumption.
By following these tips, you can enjoy your fireplace safely and maintain it in good condition.
Do you have a wood burning fireplace? or do you prefer gas?