Practicing Safety While Using Your Home's Fireplace
If your family enjoys spending an evening by the fire, you’re not alone. For many people, a wood-burning fireplace is an attractive feature for a family living room. They’re especially popular during the winter months when long nights at home make a warm fire especially appealing.
Wood-burning fireplaces can be very safe if they’re used the right way. Before you start a roaring fire at your home, take steps to be certain your fireplace and chimney are ready to warm your family safely.
Fireplace Safety Basics
Before you light your fire, ensure your chimney is capped and doesn’t have any cracks. You can get your home inspected and your chimney checked to be certain that it’s ready to be used.
Here are a few more things to do before you start your fire:
Consider cracking a window. Even though it’s probably cold outside, this step is to ensure your family is getting adequate clean air.
Add a screen. Fireplace screens are important to help protect your family and pets from the dangers that an open fire can represent.
Clean your fireplace. Don’t let ashes and debris gather. These can cause a fire hazard, if you light fire after fire on top of them.
Keep your fireplace clear. Not only is what is inside the fireplace important, what is around it matters, too. Keep your fireplace area clear from rugs, wood, paper, and other flammables.
Be prepared for the unexpected. Have a fire extinguisher handy. Also, be certain you have smoke alarms and a carbon monoxide detector installed in your home.
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- IICRC Training
- Employee Certification Training
- Initial Franchise Training
- Continuing Education Classes
For your fire/smoke restoration needs call SERVPRO of Greeley/Windsor, 970-353-1388.