Winter Time Fireplace Safety

Now is the time of year that many of us are starting to use our fireplaces.  Here are a few tips for avoiding common fire risks:

1) Have your chimney inspected and potentially cleaned by a professional if you haven’t done so in a while.  Many house fires are the result of fires that get started up inside chimneys from the build-up of residue there.

2) Have a mesh screen or other effective barrier in place to prevent sparks from coming out of the fireplace.

3) Don’t leave a fire unattended at night.  Make sure it is out – douse it with water if necessary.

4) Don’t have any combustible materials located close to the fireplace such that they could catch fire.  3 feet is typically a minimum distance.

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