Fireplace Safety Tips (from the Wake Forest NC House Chick) - Keep it Safe! (re-blog)

Reblogger Toula Rosebrock
Real Estate Agent with Diane Turton, Realtors, Forked River, NJ

Our friend Leesa Finley from Wake Forest, NC, posted this wonderful safety information, that applies across the country!



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Original content by Leesa Finley NC #129285

Fireplace Safety Tips Wake Forest NCWinter is the time of year for most of us that we like to light the fire in the fireplace, curl up with a good book, a glass of wine and forget the bitter cold just outside our walls. 

While fireplaces are a beautiful focal point, conversation piece and delight in the winter there are many preventative maintenance tips you should adhere to:

  • Your chimney should be swept annually by a qualified professional.  A qualified Chimney Sweep can be sure that your chimney is free of debris and in good working order
  • The liner of your chimney needs to be free of cracks.  The liners allow for clear and smooth passage for smoke to rise out and out of your home and the liner prevents gas and fire flames from entering your home potentially cause illness or fire.
  • Ensure that your flue is functioning properly.
  • Be sure the area around your hearth is clear of debris, decorations and flammable materials.
  • Always use a screen to keep sparks from flying out into the room.
  • If you have glass doors keep them open while burning a fire.
  • Stack firewood at least 30 feet from your home.
  • Remove any branches that may be hanging over your vent, chimney and flue.
  • Keep your roof clear of pine needles, leaves and other debris.
  • Be sure to have smoke detectors installed on every level of your home.  Inspect them monthly and change the batteries at least once a year.

Go ahead - grab a blanket and light the fire - just be smart and safe!  

Life in Wake Forest NC is cozy, warm and SAFE during winter!


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Sally K. & David L. Hanson
EXP Realty 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce

  If you purchased a home during warmer is likely that the home inspector my not have caught or tested for some of the issues shown here....great list....our area could benefit from a re-blog as well !

Dec 16, 2009 11:27 PM #1
Robert Frazer
Exit Realty Chesapeake Bay - Elkton, MD

Great reminder for this time of year!

Dec 16, 2009 11:27 PM #2
Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

Hi Toula, we had a small chimney fire a few years ago. This is good advice. Thanks for the reblog.

Dec 16, 2009 11:33 PM #3
Pat O'Reilly
RE/MAX..214-289-6176 Irving and all of Dallas Fort Worth - Irving, TX

Toula..thanks for the information. We are using our fireplace a lot lately...

Dec 16, 2009 11:33 PM #4
Craig Rutman
Helping people in transition - Cary, NC
Raleigh, Cary, Apex area Realtor

Very sound and smart advice from our friend Leesa!

Definitely worthy of a re-blog.


Dec 16, 2009 11:43 PM #5
Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Hi Toula,

Looks like this was one I missed. Thanks for the re-blog. It definitely has some great points.

Dec 17, 2009 05:02 AM #6
Charlie Ragonesi - Big Canoe, GA
Homes - Big Canoe, Jasper, North Georgia Pros

Where I am we have had one fire this lazst year. A lot of it is due to the safety info about fireplaces we have put out. We had one false alrm where the people were in the mountains for a holiday and din't know they had to open the damper. It was hard not to laugh when we explained this to them

Dec 17, 2009 09:08 AM #7
Al & Peggy Cunningham, Brokers
RE/MAX West Realty Inc., Brokerage - Brampton, ON
Our Family Wants To Help Your Family!

this is really good advice Toula, thanks for re-blogging it,  Christmas is especially busy but you still have to watch that old fire!  

Dec 18, 2009 11:16 AM #8
Richard T. Dolbeare
eXp Realty - Kahului, HI
R(B), ABR, CRS...Hawaii Multi-Island Specialist

Hi Toula.  I miss a roaring fire in the fireplace.  With all snow back there, I'd be piling on the logs if I still lived in Maryland.


Dec 18, 2009 12:47 PM #9
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