It is that time of year once the weather cools down and temperatures in many states fall. If you enjoy the occasional cozy fire on your wood-burning fireplace, remember that heating equipment is among the leading causes of house fires during the winter season. What’s more, as stated by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), over a third of home heating fires in the U.S. involve fireplaces and chimneys. Below are some critical fireplace safety tips that could help prevent smoke or fire-related accident in your house during those cold months.
Fireplace Safety Tips
- Before the heating system, make sure that you hire a professional chimney sweep to inspect and remove creosote or other obstacles, for example, animal nests, from the chimney.
- Permit only a qualified professional to set up chimney connectors and chimneys in your house.
- Inspect your chimney cap regularly. If it’s damaged, fix or replace it. If your chimney doesn’t have a cap on top, have one installed fitted using wire-mesh sides to prevent debris or animals from getting into the chimney.
- Keep all flammable objects, like papers, books, holiday decorations, and furniture, at least two feet away from the fireplace.
- Be certain there is a fire extinguisher in the room.
- Use only dry, seasoned wood, cut to the appropriate length.
- Have a mesh metal screen or glass fireplace doors installed to prevent embers from shooting out of the fireplace.
- Utilize fireplace tools to keep the fire.
- Supervise children whenever the fireplace is being used. Remind them to keep away from the fire.
- Keep pets at a safe distance from the flame, as well.
- Always supervise the fire and never leave it burning when going to sleep or leaving the house.
- Close the damper only once the embers have cooled off.
- Install and maintain smoke alarms and carbon monoxide alarms (CO) outside every sleeping area and on every level of the home. For the best security, interconnect the CO alerts, so that if one sounds, they do. Check this website to learn more.
When starting a flame:
- Remove the ashes from the previous flame but let them cool for several hours before disposing of them. Constructing a flame in addition to the ash is going to result in more smoke since it reduces the air distribution to timber.
- Put the ashes in a metal container with a tight lid. Shop it out, at least 10 feet away from the house and other buildings. Don’t dump ashes in mountainous areas or on yards, at least until they have completely cooled.
- Open the damper; you may need to look into the chimney with a badge or mirror to check that it is open.
- Place crumpled newspaper onto the grate and cover it with kindling or another fire-starter (but do not use caustic liquids to start your fire!) Add the firewood once the kindling is burning brightly. After that, shut the flame display.
- Do not overload the fireplace; a large fire generates more smoke and can damage your chimney.
- Never burn plastic, garbage, or other materials which may be toxic.
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