Fireplaces - Hidden Dangers...

Reblogger Sally K. & David L. Hanson
Real Estate Agent with EXP Realty 414-525-0563 57026-90 Broker

Here are some excellent reminders for the "fireplace season"...stay warm...be safe !

Original content by TeamCHI - Complete Home Inspections, Inc. TN Lic#050

Fireplaces - Hidden Dangers...

With old man winter just beginning to clear his throat with the first cool snaps of the winter season, many Americans begin firing up their fireplaces. But before you start enjoying the ambiance of the warm embers glow with the blanket, a bottle of bubbly and your sweetie, is your fireplace really safe from the hidden dangers that most folks do not even know about?

Statistically, over 1/3rd of Americans use solid fuel (wood) as their primary source of heat. Most of these are in rural areas. Statistics also show that 36% of residential home fires start in the fireplace or wood burning stove.

When was the last time you:

  • Had your chimney or flue evaluated by a licensed chimney sweep? Most residential fires are caused by creosote build-up and flue fires.
  • Checked the air inlets? Some modern fireplaces draw air from the exterior. Insects find these protected areas a cool spot to build their nests. Blocked inlets can cause poor combustion and CO to build up.
  • When was the last time you checked to see if tree branches were hanging over the flue?
  • When was the last time you checked the batteries in your smoke detector? Statistics show that most deaths could have been prevented. Missing/dead batteries was the number one cause.


Be safe.

  • Do not use incendiaries to start a fire. Flammable liquids are unsafe.
  • Use only seasoned hardwoods. Soft, green wood causes creosote to build up in flues and liners.
  • Keep firewood away from your home. We do not want to bring in WDO's do we?
  • Build smaller fires. These burn better and produce less smoke.


By practicing a few "rules of the road" you and your sweetie can cuddle and enjoy the bubbly☺☺☺
  

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Rainmaker
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Dick and Dixie Sells
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Excellent advise! Must say most of our fireplaces here never get use. We had one in a former house and had to open the doors and windows to use as it was too darn hot! I do love the decorative accents and vocal point for the room though!  LOL
Dixie

Oct 17, 2009 12:28 AM #1
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Rhonda Walker
Long & Foster REALTORS - Springfield, VA
ABR, e-PRO VA Real Estate

Great reminders! It's so cold in Virginia that my fireplace might get used this weekend. Luckily I had it inspected over the summer.

Oct 17, 2009 02:04 AM #2
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Sally K. & David L. Hanson
EXP Realty 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce

Call me psychic....I am betting none of you really know what COLD is...double digits below zero...freeze your eyelashes...that's cold !

Oct 17, 2009 02:24 AM #3
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