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Fireplace safety

Getting everyone together, making popcorn and watching your favorite movie by a warm crackling fire in the fireplace has always been an enjoyable pastime for families.

Keep your family safe and warm by following these fireplace safety tips:

  • Have chimneys inspected annually and cleaned as needed by a Certified Chimney Sweep.  This reduces the risk of fire and carbon monoxide poisonings due to creosote buildup or obstructions in the chimney.
  • Keep the top of the chimney clear of tree limbs or debris.
  • Install a chimney cap to keep debris and animals out of the chimney.
  • Never use gasoline, charcoal lighter or other fuel to light or relight a fire because the vapors can explode.  Never store flammable fuels near a fire.  Vapors can travel the length of a room and explode.
  • Keep flammable materials such as carpet, pillows, furniture or papers away from the fireplace area.
  • Do not overload the fireplace.  Large fires can lead to overheating of your walls or roof, especially if the fireplace chimney is constructed of metal.
  • Always use a screen around the fireplace to keep sparks from flying out.
  • Always make sure that the fire is completely extinguished before going to bed or when leaving the house.
  • Talk to your children not only about the dangers of fire, but also the benefits of fire, such as cooking, heating or a nice cozy fire.  Do not let them play with fire.

For more info, visit the Chimney Safety Institute of America’s website at www.csia.org

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