The weather is cooling which means it won’t be long before you can put your fireplace to use. To help you get ready, we’d like to share a few fireplace & chimney safety tips.
– Have a chimney specialist inspect and clean your chimney every year.
– Remove all debris and flammable materials from around your stove or hearth.
– Always use a metal mesh screen with fireplaces.
– Keep air inlets on wood stoves open, and never restrict air supply to fireplaces.
– Never use flammable liquids to start a fire.
– Use only seasoned hardwood. Damp wood increases creosote buildup.
– Build small fires that burn completely and produce less smoke.
– Never burn debris or trash in your wood stove or fireplace.
– Never leave a fire in the fireplace unattended.
– Allow ashes to cool before disposing of them.
– Keep firewood outdoors – at least 30 feet away from your home.
– Keep your roof clear of debris.
– Install a mesh screen spark arrester on your chimney.
– Remove branches above the chimney, flues or vents.
– Make sure you have smoke alarms on every level of your home, as well as inside and outside sleeping areas.