Fireplace Safety is a Must!

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Real Estate Agent with Pilkerton Realtors

Fireplace Safety is a Must!

Recently with there have been a rush of fires reported on the evening news. With the cold weather upon us, many are using their fireplaces.

Here are some things that you can do to make sure that you and your family are safe this year:

Have the Chimney cleaned. This really should be done each year as Fireplace Safetyflammable residue can build up in the flue. When too much of this residue accumulates, fires can ignite in the flue.

Keep the mesh screen closed. This provide a barrier to the hearth and helps keep embers or sparks from bouncing into the room. Keep all Flammable material away from the front of the fireplace.

Curtains, decorations and other items that may look nice on the hearth can easily catch on fire if an ember or spark escapes. The entire area needs to be free of anything that could catch on fire.

Use only Seasoned Hardwood in your fireplace. Fir and pine wood should not be used because of the sap that comes from them. Do not burn boxes or trash in the fireplace and light the fire only with paper or a gas start.

Finally, NEVER leave a fire unattended. Never, ever go to bed while the fire continues to burn. The fire should be completely out and the glass doors closed before leaving it. 

If you're like most people, you'll want to gather around the fireplace over the Holidays. Enjoy the fire and be safe.

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Connie Harveyis a local agent with Pilkerton Realtors, serving home buyers and sellers in Nashville, TN, Brentwood TN, and Franklin TN. Let her help you realize your Real Estate goals. She can be reached at 615-371-2474.


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Patricia Kennedy
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Connie, and before you make an offer on a house (or put one on the market) get the fireplace checked.  In older homes, the linings are often way too funky to make it safe to burn anything in the fireplace. 

Nov 25, 2013 11:29 PM #1
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Suzanne Otto
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I love a wood burning fireplace, but you're right, they need to be watched carefully. Fireplace safety is not something to take lightly.

Nov 25, 2013 11:36 PM #2
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Connie,

Excellent advise for all with the cold weather upon us.

Nov 26, 2013 01:38 AM #3
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Patricia - You are EXACTLY right! Many older fireplaces are not safe to use!

Suzanne - My dad almost burned my condo down years ago at Christmas. There were flames coming out the front of it!

Nov 26, 2013 01:41 AM #4
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Good tips

Nov 26, 2013 02:27 AM #5
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Bill - Hearing about peoples homes burning down each night really got me thinking!

Drick - Thanks for stopping by!

Nov 26, 2013 02:47 AM #6
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Connie,

EXCELLENT advice.  Congrats on the feature and have a GREAT Thanksgiving!

Nov 26, 2013 03:33 AM #7
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Carla Muss-Jacobs, RETIRED
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I cringe since I have tenants renting a property with a fireplace. I have a "use at your own risk" clause, and mention that the fireplace is NOT the heat source to the property.  And I makes sure the tenants maintain and carry their own renter's insurance policy!

Nov 26, 2013 05:06 AM #8
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Wayne and Jean - Happy Thanksgiving to you!

Carla - Long time no see! Yes, renters and fireplaces can be a disaster!

Nov 26, 2013 05:21 AM #9
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Even fireplaces with gas logs should be checked and cleaned periodically. Certainly don't need it as often as wood burning, but something a lot of folks completely overlook.

Nov 26, 2013 06:40 AM #10
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While I love the wood burning fireplaces there is just something very easy about hitting the switch on a gas log fireplace and knowing the fire is out. Safety first!

Nov 26, 2013 06:51 AM #11
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Manual Tobias
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Thanks for writing on fire safety, one of the most essential safety for us. You have nicely stated how we can reduce the chances of a fire starting in our home, and preventing is the best fire safety I believe. Thanks

Nov 26, 2013 09:43 AM #12
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Connie, we have a wood-burning fireplace. We are having a generous load of wood delivered tomorrow for our first fire on Thanksgiving. An annual tradition as we gather around the Christmas tree for the first evening. Thanks for the reminder of having the fireplace cleaned. I havent' done that in a couple of years and we are definitely due.

Nov 26, 2013 12:08 PM #13
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We switched to gas logs years ago but I do remember the real log fires. I was anal when it came to going to bed that it was completely out. Now just a turn of the switch and no worries.

Nov 26, 2013 09:17 PM #14
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Nina Hollander
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These are wonderful suggestions even though here in Charlotte we increasingly see homes with gas fireplaces and no chimneys. (Of course, safety in that regard is a whole other issue.) For some reason I've never been able to fathom, home owners who maintain their houses beautifully seem to neglect their chimneys (and it's not even very expensive to do so).

Nov 26, 2013 09:54 PM #15
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Aaron - You're absolutely right! We had ours checked last year.

Jeff - Same here! My husband didn't want to deal with the mess.

Manual - Fires, once started, can be a problem to control. Better safe than sorry.

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Connie so many fires occur during this time of year and while it is sad anytime that it happens, the holiday season just makes it that much worse.  Thanks for posting this.

Nov 26, 2013 10:16 PM #17
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Tammie - It's a must if you haven't done it in a couple of years!

Debbie - We went to gas logs years ago too.

Nina - Maintaining them is so easy, so I agree. We have a lot of gas logs too. Similar weather.

Charita - It seems like it's been on the news every night lately!

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