Why fireplace safety is important

There is nothing like a roaring fireplace to set a romantic mood, especially during the winter months, with all of the other lights turned down low. A fireplace can also be the center of a family gathering because you can roast hot dogs and other dishes when the fire is low but the embers are still hot.

But, you should observe a few rules to operate your fireplace safely.

  • Make sure that your chimney is cleared of tree branches and bird nests and that the brick and mortar are intact.
  • Make sure that the chimney is checked and cleaned periodically.
  • Clean out the ashes from previous fires before starting a new one.
  • Use well-aged, dry wood, which produces less soot and smoke and burns more evenly.
  • Make sure that the flue or damper is open before lighting the fire; otherwise, you will fill your house with smoke.  Along those lines keep a nearby window cracked.
  • Make certain the grate is up when the fire has started. That way embers won’t fall out to set fire to your living room.
  • Be sure that flammable furniture and other items are set well away from the fireplace.
  • Make sure that the fire is completely out before leaving the room for any extended length of time, such as going to bed or leaving the house.
  • Have both a carbon monoxide detector and a smoke detector installed nearby.
  • Have a fire extinguisher within easy reach.
  • Make sure that your children are well versed in fire safety, and make sure that fireplace tools such as pokers are out of small hands. Do not leave small children alone in a room with a burning fire.

For more information on home safety and insurance contact General Insurance Agency serving Clovis, NM