When it’s cold outside, there’s nothing better than lighting a fire inside. The warmth and ambiance from a wood-burning or gas fireplace can help you forget about the blustery, cold weather. To ensure maximum comfort and safety, always follow these fireplace safety tips.
Wood Burning Fireplace Safety Tips
- Make sure the damper or flue is open before starting a fire. Do not close the damper or flue until all the embers have been extinguished.
- Only use dry, aged wood for burning as other material can cause smoke or soot buildup in the chimney.
- Always clean out ashes from previous fires. Learn how to reuse wood ash from your wood-burning fireplace.
- Have your chimney inspected annually, ideally before first using it for the season.
- Never leave a fire unattended and make sure the area surrounding the fireplace is clear of anything flammable.
Gas Fireplace Safety Tips
- Know the clearance zone for your fireplace and keep paper, drapes, books and other flammable items away from the firebox.
- Ensure that your fireplace is in good working order with an annual tune-up.
- Always follow manufacturer recommendations when cleaning the glass. Never wipe the glass with a wet cloth when it’s on or just been used—it could cause cracking in the glass.
- Never leave the gas fireplace unattended while it is on.
Safely enjoy your fireplace this winter season! If you have any questions about your fireplace or are interested in installing a gas or wood-burning fireplace, visit us at our Carp showroom!
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