Holiday Seasons Fireplace Safety and Maintenance Tips
The holidays are the time of year when many homes are bustling with activity and out-of-town guests, including small children and pets that are visiting unfamiliar surroundings. With the winter, and the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, comes the inviting warmth of a roaring fire. Whether your fireplace is fueled by wood or by gas, there are safety precautions that you should take to keep your family safe this winter.
The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,
In hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there;
Adhering to an annual maintenance plan greatly reduces the risks inherent with gas or wood appliances. A yearly check-up for your gas fireplace includes inspection, cleaning and repairs, if necessary; and it will insure that your appliance is safe to operate, and winter-ready. An annual check of your wood stove/fireplace includes a chimney cleaning, inspection of the gaskets (both door & glass), firebox baffles/air tubes/brick; all of which greatly reduce the risk of chimney fires by insuring that your entire system is working safely and efficiently. We also recommend a W.E.T.T. inspection, to insure that your stove/fireplace is installed correctly and up to today’s safety standards.
Everyday Fireplace Safety Tips
Once you’ve been assured that you can safely operate your fireplace, there are other things you should do to keep your family safe:
- Always use a fire screen, with either gas or wood appliances, to keep your family from unintentionally touching a dangerously hot surface.
- Be sure your home has working smoke alarms on every level.
- Install a Carbon Monoxide detector.
- Keep an operable fire extinguisher nearby.
- Dispose of ashes with great care to avoid a fire starting from hot ashes.
- Only burn seasoned firewood, meaning wood that is low in moisture.
Some Extra Holiday Fireplace Safety Tips
- Don’t place wrapped packages, gift boxes or loaded stockings near a lit fireplace because they are highly combustible. Keep all combustible materials at least 3 feet away from heat sources such as fireplaces, candles, and portable heaters. Remove stockings from the hearth before lighting your fireplace.
- Don’t burn wrapping paper or garbage in your fireplace. There are additives in wrapping paper and gift wrapping supplies which makes them burn at extremely high temperatures.
- Keep your Christmas tree or other fresh cut plants watered. Dry plants are a fire hazard.
- Never dispose of a Christmas tree by burning it in your fireplace. The wood of the Christmas tree has not been properly dried or seasoned and is not safe to burn.
Have a Safe & Enjoyable Holiday Season
From The Woodburner Family to Yours