fireplaces: 10 Do or Don't Items of Fire Safety Including Fireplace and Chimney - 12/27/17 05:44 AM

Each year I hear about multiple house fires at the start of winter. Almost all could have been avoided if the residents took the time to do a few safety checks and/or used common sense. Two recent fires that destroyed homes were due to improper disposal of smoking materials and fireplace/woodstove ashes.
 If you have a standard fireplace as shown in above photo, you can do some quick checks before using it each year. Most fireplaces have all the basics components. A foundation, hearth, firebox, smoke shelf, throat, outside air intake, flues, shell, profile, damper, clean out, ash dump, chimney, rake, flashing, … (7 comments)

fireplaces: Firewood, Fireplaces, Woodstoves and Chimneys - 10/21/15 11:06 PM
 Seems like every year someone asks me where they can get some good seasoned firewood. There are a few honest wood sellers in this area who have stockpiled some wood. It's usually seasoned less than 6 months if they sold out last winter, and then cut some wood during summer months to sell this winter. I tell people who I think has good wood, but also tell them they need to look at it. You can usually tell if it's seasoned by the weight, the color, and the bark. You can also usually tell what type of wood it is by … (13 comments)

fireplaces: Winter Heating , Housing , Auto, and Safety Tips - 01/25/15 10:54 PM
With another winter storm about to hit the East coast, and snow predictions ranging from 3" to 3', I would hope most people would already be prepared. But unfortunately, many never prepare, or wait until the last minute, then after the power goes out, they are running around looking for candles, flashlights and batteries, and ways to heat their houses. That is what leads to emergencies and house fires.
 Here are some of my tips to help avoid emergencies, followed by a link to more tips from the CDC.
HEATING :
(1) Check your main system first. Do you have enough … (4 comments)

fireplaces: Fireplaces, Fireboxes, Firewood, Fire Alarms, Fires, and Firetrucks - 11/24/13 12:57 AM
Well, winter has arrived in many places including here in Lovettsville VA. Seems like every year there is an outbreak of house fires around this time. A recent nearby fire was nothing more than smoke and small fire in a garage that did less than $1000.00 damage. Owner reportedly was careless when removing coals from his woodstove, then placed them in a metal coal bucket in garage. Well, coals can crack and pop out onto nearby cardboard which is what happened here. Doesn't sound like much, but when you add up the responses from local FD's, it's actually quite annoying that … (17 comments)

 
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