Fireplace Safety Tips
Fireplaces are known mostly
for their use for comfort, heat and relaxation in a home. And quite honestly, the last thing
you are probably thinking about is the risk of a house fire
when you’re getting ready to enjoy a quiet evening at home with your loved ones. These types of fires occur more often than you would think
due to just a few minor details that often get neglected or forgotten about.Complete has some tips on preventing a fire
with just a few, simple
precautions that need to be taken before igniting a fire in your fireplace.
All home heating systems (whether it be a fireplace, a wooden stove, or an elemental heater) need regular maintenance to keep them in solid working condition. Safety is a huge precaution when it comes to preventing a fire.
Following these fireplace safety tips, can greatly reduce your chances of suffering from a house fire:
- Have a certified chimney specialist inspect and clean your chimney or wood stove annually.
- Keep the area around the fireplace free of anything flammable or vulnerable to catching fire. (This means no hanging stockings around the fireplace when there is a fire lit!)
- NEVER use flammables such as lighter fluid or any other chemical to start a fire in a home.
- Make sure the logs are securely placed inside the fire place and aren’t at risk of rolling out onto the floor.
- Never leave the fire unattended. Too often homeowners will go to bed before the fire has completely burned out. This is a huge no no!
- Do not burn any trash or newspaper as an aid to get the fire started. This can cause too much smoke to go around your home.
- Make sure that there is nothing obstructing the vents to your fireplace.
- Lastly, make sure that your heating systems have proper means of ventilation. General rule of thumb is that your heating equipment is at least 3 feet above the roof.
Every year, about 26,000 fires are caused due to improper use of a fireplace
. Homeowners should be properly informed
about safety while using a fire place is very important in order to prevent a house or chimney fire. Complete
responds to house fires year round
, not just in the winter months when everyone has their heaters and fireplaces going. You may have gone to bed and left a smoldering fire in your fireplace, or your five year old could have been secretly feeding his curiosity by playing with matches. Complete is here for you!If you experience a fire damage in your Pensacola home, contact Complete any time of day or night! Our technicians work 24/7 to ensure that our clients have the best services available to them. Complete technicians and staff are always professional and presentable.If you have experience a fire damage in Pensacola, contact our 24 hour emergency line by calling 850.CALL.DKI