Fireplace Safety

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fireplace300As the winter weather arrives and you use your fireplace to keep your home warm, please follow these  important safety tips:

Keep Fireplaces Clean

  • Have your chimney thoroughly cleaned and inspected at least once a year. Make sure that the flue is carefully inspected both inside and out.
  • Burn only hard woods as they contain smaller amounts of creosote, a black tarry substance that can block passageways and/or easily ignite.
  • Put cool ashes in a metal container when you clean out your fireplace.

Safely Burn Fuel

  • Never leave a fire in your fireplace unattended.
  •  Burn only seasoned firewood.
  • Never burn paper, charcoal or rags.
  • When using artificial logs, burn only one at a time.

Protect Your Home

  • Keep flammable and combustible articles at least three feet away from the open fire.
  • Make certain that your smoke detectors are working.
  • Always use a fireplace screen in front of your fireplace.
  • Supervise children at all times when using your fireplace.