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Keep Your Family Safe This Winter with These Fireplace Safety Tips

Keep Your Family Safe This Winter with These Fireplace Safety Tips

by Home Fire Stove on December 11, 2017
Having a fireplace in your home is an American institution, but if you really think about it, it sounds pretty dangerous to bring a fire into your home intentionally. While fireplaces are designed with safety in mind, they also have the potential to be quite dangerous, especially if you have young children. Cold Salem winters mean your fireplace can be quite busy this season. Practice safe fireplace usage by implementing some of the following tips:
  • Double check that the flue or damper is open before you start a fire to draw smoke out of your home. Don’t close it until all embers are completely finished burning.
  • Use wood that is dry and well-aged. Wood that is wet or green produces more smoke and builds up too much soot in the chimney.
  • Before starting a fire clean out ashes from your last fire. Keep ash levels to one inch or less.
  • Have your chimney inspected every year by a professional to make sure there are no blockages like nests and have it cleaned out.
  • Clear the area around the fireplace from anything flammable such as newspapers, books, drapes, and even furniture.
  • If you have children, install a safety screen in front of the glass so they don’t burn themselves.
  • Test smoke and carbon monoxide detectors monthly and check their batteries every year.
  • Keep fireplace tools and accessories away from the reach of young children. Keep a fire extinguisher on hand in a high place as well.
  • Teach your children about the dangers of fire and heat at an early age.

For more information on fireplace safety, contact Home Fire Stove and Grill City today at 503-364-6339.

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