10 Fireplace Safety Tips


  • Install smoke and carbon monoxide alarms

  • Schedule annual checkup and cleaning by a certified sweep for your chimney. Creosote can build over time, and is a fire hazard. Anyone that has had a flue fire knows that they NEVER want that to happen again.

  • Burn only seasoned wood that has been cut and dried under cover for at least 6-12 months. Un-seasoned wood creates excessive creosote then seasoned wood and also does not burn effifiently which also adds additional creosote to the flue.

  • Keep the area around the fireplace clear. Should embers spark out of the fireplace and into the room, you want to make sure there is nothing nearby that will catch fire.

  • Use a safety screen or glass door for protection from embers.

  • Burn hardwoods, not softwoods. Hardwoods like oak, ash and maple are denser and heavier, delivering more heat than lighter softwoods like pine, poplar and cedar.

  • Clean ash from the fireplace whenever it reaches the bottom grate, where it can hinder airflow. Leaving an inch of ash will make it easier to maintain a fire.

  • Do not leave your fire unattended.

  • Keep a fire extinguisher near the fireplace and be sure everyone in the family knows where it is and how to use it.

  • Do not close your damper until the fire is out.

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