Fireplace Safety Tips You Need to Know
Now that the weather has cooled down, you may be thinking about using your fireplace. While fireplaces are great for heating your home, they can also be a big fire hazard. Remember to always use caution while using your fireplace. Here are a few helpful tips to keep your family and home safe.
1. Clean your chimney before use. A chimney cleaning will remove any debris that has built up over time, which is important to prevent chimney fires. A chimney sweep will be able to provide a thorough cleaning to get your fireplace ready for the season.
2. Check the chimney cap. Chimney caps prevent animals and debris from getting into your chimney. Check the chimney cap to make sure it’s firmly in place and the surrounding mesh is secure. It’s also a good idea to make sure there are no gaps or cracks in the flashing which could cause a leak.
3. Keep a fire extinguisher nearby. In the event of a log rolling out of your fireplace or a stray spark, keep a fire extinguisher within reach. Make sure your family members know where it’s located and how to use it.
4. Don’t leave a fire unattended. This may seem like common sense, but don’t leave a burning fire unattended. Make sure there is always an adult in the room at all times.
5. Keep the area around the fireplace clear. The fewer items there are around the fireplace, the lesser the risk something will happen. Make sure all flammable items are kept a safe distance away at all times.
If you’ve experienced a house fire, don’t hesitate to call our 24/7 emergency team. We will take steps to prevent the damage from getting worse, and restore your home to its pre-fire condition.