Fireplace Safety Throughout The Winter Season
There’s nothing cozier than cuddling up by the fireplace with hot cocoa in hand and watching your favorite holiday movie on the TV. They’re our favorite kind of nights! That’s why it’s important to understand fireplace safety and your homeowner’s insurance policy so you and your family can safely enjoy the coziness and warmth all season long.
Fireplace Safety Tips
- Don’t use chemicals. Never use gasoline, charcoal starter, or kerosene – chemicals and fires don’t mix!
- Use dry wood. Wet wood can cause more smoke and diseased, moldy, treated, or painted wood can release toxins into the air.
- Keep your fireplace clean. It’s important to keep ashes cleaned out from previous fires to allow for better airflow. Even if your fireplace is clean, be sure to check for animal nests or other blockages.
- Never leave a fire unattended. Make sure the fire is completely extinguished before leaving the house or going to bed.
- Keep children and pets safe. Minimize their chance of getting burned by installing a safety screen. If you need to leave the room, bring your children and pets with you.
- Make sure the area around the fireplace is clean. Clear out any potentially flammable items like furniture, newspapers, drapes, etc.
- Always keep a fire extinguisher handy. There’s no such thing as being too prepared when it comes to fire safety.
Chimney Care Tips
- Check your chimney cap. Make sure the cap is secured to the chimney. Additionally, make sure the cap’s mesh covering is attached and intact so no debris or animals are able to pass through it.
- Cut or trim back any tree limbs. Not only does this help avoid obvious fire hazards, but can help the prevention of a branch getting knocked into the chimney in the event of a storm.
- Consider having your chimney inspected by a professional.