December 2013

  • Get your fireplace inspected every year by a professional.
  • Don't leave anything that will burn near the hearth.
  • Never use flammable liquids to start a fire.
  • Use properly air-dried hardwoods.
  • Burning soft woods, like pine, can lead to creosote buildup in the chimney.
  • Never burn cardboard, paper or trash in a fireplace.
  • Support the firewood on a grate.
  • Build the fire toward the back of the fireplace.
  • Install a mesh screen spark arrester on the top of the chimney.
  • Protect the area from popping embers and sparks with a metal mesh screen.
  • Install smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors on each level of your home and outside bedroom areas.
  • Have a working fire extinguisher nearby.
  • Does your fireplace turn on with the flip of a switch? If not, consider installing gas logs for a cozy fire without all the fuss.

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