Fireplace Safety is a Must!
Recently with there have been a rush of fires reported on the evening news. With the cold weather upon us, many are using their fireplaces.
Here are some things that you can do to make sure that you and your family are safe this year:
Have the Chimney cleaned. This really should be done each year as flammable residue can build up in the flue. When too much of this residue accumulates, fires can ignite in the flue.
Keep the mesh screen closed. This provide a barrier to the hearth and helps keep embers or sparks from bouncing into the room. Keep all Flammable material away from the front of the fireplace.
Curtains, decorations and other items that may look nice on the hearth can easily catch on fire if an ember or spark escapes. The entire area needs to be free of anything that could catch on fire.
Use only Seasoned Hardwood in your fireplace. Fir and pine wood should not be used because of the sap that comes from them. Do not burn boxes or trash in the fireplace and light the fire only with paper or a gas start.
Finally, NEVER leave a fire unattended. Never, ever go to bed while the fire continues to burn. The fire should be completely out and the glass doors closed before leaving it.
If you're like most people, you'll want to gather around the fireplace over the Holidays. Enjoy the fire and be safe.