Fireplace Safety Tips
You are lucky if you have fireplace setup in winter but you may need a lot of care for its maintenance to prevent fire and smoke that is very hazardous to your life. Inspecting your fireplace is very important to keep yourself and your family safe from any danger.
Because when it isn’t kept maintain, it will cause loss because it will damage your health and your home’s beauty. Keeping these things in mind I am going to share some of the fireplace safety tips that can keep you safe from these dangers.
Open the Dampers
When you are done with lightening the fire, open the damper before lightening. After that don’t close it until the ashes completely set cool down.
Store Ashes in Metal Container
When the ashes are cooled completely, put those ashes in a metal container and store it outside the house.
Avoid Flammable Materials Near Fireplace
Don’t place the flammable materials like paper, wood and such things near the fireplace because it may catch fire.
Cover the Embers
Use a special screen to keep the embers covered and contained.
Use Well-Seasoned Wood
Do not use wet, starter fluid or other fuels. You can use a small amount of dry and well-seasoned wood for it.
Have a fireplace checkup once in a year and clean the chimneys professionally every year to prevent making linen on the inside and also to prevent tar and creosote to buildup.
Chimneys required more care and service in the case of its high use. The gas fireplace should also be inspected by a professional to avoid more problems.
Carbon Monoxide Detectors
Install smoke and carbon monoxide detectors to inspect properly before starting a fire in woodstove or fireplace.
Avoid Other Appliances to Use at the Same Time
Avoid using your fireplace and other appliances at the same time to prevent the danger of smoke and carbon monoxide making. The appliances which are not allowed to use are clothes dryers, central vacuum system or when your kitchen range hood or bathroom vent switched on.
Using these things at the same time will trap carbon monoxide in your house.
Inspect Excessive Soot
Check the issues of potential equipments like checking of excessive soot, vent pipes that may rust or water pooling that are near the burners. For checking and preventing the making of soot and creosote, always use seasoned hard wood which is better one.
Check the Color of Fame
You can get alert from the color of the flame of fireplace. If the color of fame is clear blue it means there isn’t any danger but if the color is yellow or orange it is alarming, in that case you should immediately call a professional technician for fixing it up.
Use Only Wood for Fire
Use flammable materials for burning like wood and not other materials that release toxic fumes like wrapping papers or foam peanuts etc. The other material to strictly avoid is holiday greenery in the fireplace.
It releases toxic stuff that is hazardous that you also don’t want your family to breathe in.
Always Prefer Slow Fire
The roaring fire may look attractive and may keep the place hotter but it’s not safe at all. On the other side a steady and slow fire is safer in every aspect.
Roaring fire may crack your chimney so it’s better to choose slow and steady fire.