With fall upon us and winter quickly approaching, many are looking forward to fireplace season. Whether for the warmth and heat or the ambiance of the dancing flames on a chilly day, fireplaces are a welcome part of any home—but it’s important to operate them safely.
According to the National Fire Protection Association, fireplaces are the cause of nearly one-third of all home fires involving heating equipment. Here are some important fireplace safety tips.
- A common cause of chimney fires is buildup of creosote, a flammable residue that sticks to the walls of chimneys. Have your chimney cleaned annually by a certified chimney sweep to remove creosote, and be sure it is also inspected to look for loose mortar and bricks, cracks in the chimney or liner, and other problems.
- Make sure your chimney is fitted with a wire mesh cap to keep out rain, debris, birds and animals.
- Only burn dry, seasoned hardwood as green (wet) wood and softwoods will produce more creosote buildup. Be sure to follow any instructions provided with manufactured fireplaces.
- Have fire and carbon monoxide detectors installed throughout your home, and especially in rooms with fireplaces.
We hope you have a wonderful, warm, and safe heating season!
Article courtesy of Acuity Insurance