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Fireplaces: Warm, Cozy, and Safe

12/3/2021 (Permalink)

As the weather gets colder and colder, a lot of households turn to their fireplaces for an extra source of heat and a cozy place to gather as a family. This happens so often that the fireplace is often pictured alongside other Christmas traditions. But even during our time cuddled up in front of the fire we have to remember that a fireplace is an open flame. And like any other open flame, it can be dangerous if not taken care off properly. Healthy Children.org has a list of tips that can help your fireplace stay cozy and not dangerous;

  • If possible, keep a window cracked open while the fire is burning
  • Keep a fire extinguisher on hand
  • Be certain the damper or flue is open before starting a fire
  • Ensure your smoke detector and fire alarm are working properly
  • Use dry and well-aged wood
  • Put fireplace tools and accessories out of a young child's reach
  • Smaller pieces of wood placed on a grate burn faster and produce less smoke
  • Never leave a fire in the fireplace unattended
  • Clean out ashes from previous fires to increase oxygen flow
  • Make sure the area around the fireplace is clear of anything that is potentially flammable
  • The chimney should be checked annually by a professional
  • Consider installing a safety screen if you don’t have one already
  • Check for animal nests or other blockages that could prevent smoke from escaping

Most modern fireplaces come with plenty of safeguards that there shouldn’t be a problem if you want to light that fire and relax for a while. But even so, the wrong combination of steps can result in a devastating house fire and leave you literally out in the cold. So just make sure you’re careful when putting that finishing touch on your holiday living room.

Source: https://www.healthychildren.org

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