Fireplace Safety Tips For the Upcoming Winter

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Real Estate Broker/Owner with RED Properties NC #129285

 

Winter is the time of year for most of us that we like to light the fire in the Fireplace Safety Tipsfireplace, 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!  

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Larry Story
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Leesa,

Thanks for the reminder.  Nice safety tip and I have to get mine going because it is snuggling weather.  I need to be ready.

Nov 02, 2011 03:47 AM #1
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Leesa Finley
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It became snuggling weather FAST this year, Larry!!!! 

Nov 02, 2011 04:06 AM #2
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Bob Jakowinicz
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The cold will be here in full swing before we know it.  The warm weather just came and went so fast

Nov 02, 2011 05:41 AM #3
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Michelle Gibson
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Leesa - Great post!  I know if I had a fireplace I'd be using it during the colder months.

Nov 02, 2011 03:51 PM #4
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Jane Peters
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These are some great safety tips, Leesa.  A fire can start so quickly and can be devastating.

Nov 02, 2011 05:20 PM #5
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Leesa Finley
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You're right, Bob!  I don't even really think we had a Fall season - just BAM, in your face, WINTER!

Nov 03, 2011 04:32 AM #6
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Leesa Finley
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You can't definitely see smoke rolling out of chimneys in this area, Michelle - it got COLD FAST!

Nov 03, 2011 04:33 AM #7
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Leesa Finley
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Thanks, Jane.  Inevitably there is always fire each winter that could have been prevented by just a few simple steps.  I hope some heed this advice!

Nov 03, 2011 04:34 AM #8
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Leesa - we took cre of many of the issues of a wood burning firplace by converting both of ours to gas a few years ago ..... but like a furnace they also need maintenance.

Nov 14, 2011 03:14 PM #9
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You absolutely right, Kathy!

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